South Russia floods: Putin instructs concerned Governor to analyse situation

Tuesday, August 28, 2012
[PHOTO: Presidential Press and Information Office] 
Moscow: Russian President Vladimir Putin held a meeting with Krasnodar Territory Governor Alexander Tkachev.

Disaster relief measures following the floods in Krasnodar Territory’s Tuapse County on August 21, and compensation payment procedures for flood victims were the subjects of discussion.

Putin instructed Tkachev to analyse the situation along the region’s entire coastline, with particular emphasis on irrigation work and riverbed dredging.

Notably, on 7 July 2012, at least 171 people died in Krasnodar Krai, after torrential rains overnight caused the worst flooding and landslides in over 70 years.

The average rainfall for 4–5 months, over 280 millimetres (11 in), was reported to have fallen within 48 hours. A local police spokesman stated that most of the dead were in Krymsky District, where at least 159 died when a wave of water 5 metres (16 ft) high swept through the town of Krymsk in the middle of the night. Ten more deaths occurred in Gelendzhik, including five electrocuted when a transformer fell into the floodwater, and two in Novorossiysk.
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