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Sunday, July 8, 2012

Extreme weather getting more extreme: 153 killed as tsunami-like killer flood hits southern Russia

At least 153 people have been killed in a devastating flood in Russia’s southern Krasnodar region. It's the worst of its kind in nearly a century, and the death toll continues to rise. 

Over 130 people are currently in hospital, including 14 children following the flood. More than 12,000 people have been affected by the disaster. A state of emergency has been declared in the cities of Krymsk, Novorossiysk, and Gelendzhik. In total 139 bodies have been recovered so far in Krymsk, nine in Gelendzhik and two in Novorossiysk. Deputy Minister of the Interior Aleksandr Gorovoy said that the search for bodies continued as there are still two people unaccounted for. Also, he voiced fears that more people could be missing. The flood was part of the aftermath of a giant storm that hit Krasnodar, dropping almost half a year’s rainfall on the region over two daysThe most heavily affected areas are along the Russian Black Sea coast, which bore the brunt of the deluge as it rushed out to sea. A day of mourning will be held across Russia on July 9 to commemorate the victims of the flood.

'A wall of water’ in Krymsk...Read More: 
Situation in Krymsk (photo from Yana Gagarina′s Vkontakte page
Krymsky district (photo from Aleksandr Tkachyov′s twitter @antkachev)
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After the flood: Officials fight deluge of 'man-made' Internet conspiracies

As authorities struggle with the aftermath of a massive flood which killed over 150 in Russia’s south, conspiracy theories on the deluge’s nature are popping up all over the Internet, provoking heated debates and forcing officials to respond.

Beach in Gelendzhik (photo from Aleksandr Tkachyov's twitter @antkachev)Today: 16:501 comment

Tourism in tatters: Flood swamps Russia’s Black Sea resorts

The flooding in Russia's south has brought not only devastation, but disrupted vacations for thousands of tourists. The Krasnodar region, is now striving to restore its paralyzed travel network to salvage the holiday season.
Russian flood

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