Saturday, July 7, 2012

At least 99 killed in floods in south Russia | Reuters

REPORT: At least 99 people were killed in floods and landslides in southern Russia after two months' average rainfall fell in a few hours overnight, police and emergency officials said on Saturday.

Some of the victims were electrocuted while others were swept into the sea. Many of the dead were elderly people who had been sleeping and drowned.

Others survived by climbing on to rooftops after the torrential rain hit thousands of homes, flooded railways and roads, and halted oil shipments from the port of Novorossiisk.

Most of the victims died in or around Krymsk , a town about 300 km (190 miles) northwest of Sochi, t he Black Sea resort where Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.

"There are lots of overturned cars, even huge trucks. Brick fences are washed away," local resident Vladimir Anosov said by telephone from the village of Novoukrainsky near Krymsk.


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