JULY 7, 2012 – SOUTHERN RUSSIA AFFECTED BY FLOODS

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image004A Russian interior ministry spokesman told the official Itar-Tass news agency late Sunday that 171 people died due to the floods.

A vast majority of these deaths, according to the interior ministry were in and around Krymsk, a city of about 57,000 residents where torrential rains spurred waters to surge 7 meters (23 feet) as people were sleeping Friday night. Another 10 died in Gelendzhik district and two in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, Itar-Tass reported.

Russian President Vladimir Putin declared Monday a national day of mourning in the wake of devastating, raging floodwaters that tore through streets in the southern part of the country and killed more than 170 people,

Those not harmed, but living in the flood-ravaged area, still face plenty of challenges such as no electricity, a disrupted water supply, damaged roads and faulty communication. More than 5,000 homes were flooded.