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article imageAnother devastating flood hits southern Russia (video)

By Anne Sewell     Aug 22, 2012 in Environment
Krasnodar - More floods hitting the south of Russia have killed four people, three are missing and around 1,500 have been affected. Three of the dead are said to be tourists.
Digital Journal reported in July on the floods which hit the Krasnodar region of Russia, killing 170 people and devastating the area.
Later in July, an article was published with a video, showing residents attempting to clear up the area and clean out their homes.
Now the popular Krasnodar resort area is being devastated yet again by torrential rain and flooding. The Emergency Ministry has already named three of the dead from the deluge, reported to have been tourists. Two of the four casualties were reported to be a woman, 44, from St. Petersburg and a 46-year-old man from Krasnodar.
Currently, the number of people affected by the latest disaster is estimated at between 1,500 and 1,800, depending on the media source.
Heavy rains have been battering the region for the last 24 hours, with the average monthly rainfall coming down in one day in some areas, which triggered the flooding.
Flooding has affected the Novomikhailovskoye, Tenginka and Lermontovo settlements in the southern Krasnodar Region. According to local officials, the level of water was up to 2.5 meters high.
In Novomikhailovskoye, six streets of the village were flooded.
Over 600 households in the area have been damaged, together with a school and a hospital, where it was necessary to evacuate 150 patients.
Yet again, a state of emergency has been announced, and over 1,300 rescuers are at the scene, working alongside volunteers.
During the July floods, there was criticism that people had not had sufficient warning before the floods hit.
The deputy head of the district administration told the Russian press that this time the warning system worked, “The warning system worked, the water surged quickly within 15 minutes and then the water level dropped. People quickly left their homes.”
As the water level recedes, people are returning to their homes, finding them battered badly by the floods.
Massive electricity disruptions are occurring, with more than 11,000 people without power, and residents are reporting food shortages.
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