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article image87 killed in torrential floods in southern Russia (video), update

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By Anne Sewell     Jul 7, 2012 in World
Krasnodar - Severe flooding, caused by torrential rains, has hit Russia's southern Krasnodar region. Up to 87 people have been killed in the popular resort area.
The floods were caused by torrential rains which came at night, without any warning. Local residents were caught by surprise, as the water flooded thousands of homes, and around 87 people have died.
There is widespread structural damage in the area and landslides are occurring.
A local police spokesman, Igor Zhelyabin told Reuters, "In Krymsk district 34 died. Eleven more bodies were found in Novorossiisk and Gelendzhik. The police is beefing up its presence to prevent mass looting."
The BBC is reporting that crude oil shipments from the Black Sea port of Novorossiisk have been suspended due to the flooding.
Igor Dyomin, spokesman for Transneft, the oil pipeline operator, told Reuters, "The region is in transport collapse."
Vladimir Sidorov, spokesman for the port, which not only handles crude oil but also grain, said that they had cut shipping volumes and that the port's administration has called an urgent meeting.
"Of course, we limited shipments. The port is located in the lower part of town. The whole landslide has moved towards it. As we speak, the rain has started again," he said. "I will have more detailed information after the meeting."
The latest update comes from Interfax, who are reporting that Russian President Vladimir Putin is keeping a close eye on the situation in Krasnodar, and that the death toll has now reached 67 from the flood and its consequences.
Update:
RT now reports in the video below that 87 people have died.
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