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Floods kill 150 people in Russia

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A local man inspects his flooded house in the southern Russian town of Krymsk on Sunday. Russia on Sunday was reeling from devastating flash floods in its southern Krasnodar region where at least 150 people were killed and 29,000 remained without power in the region's worst natural disaster in history.

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Local residents walk along a street, damaged by floods, in the town of Krymsk in Krasnodar region.

 

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Reuters reports that survivors climbed trees to avoid the flooding:

Almost 30,000 homes were also without electricity and gas in a region that is Russia's traditional "bread basket," emergency officials said.

In Krymsk, where 139 people died, residents were without drinking water and the Health Ministry, concerned about potential infection from a local cemetery eroded by floodwaters, began vaccinating residents. Rains continued there on Sunday.

At right, A local resident walks near a vehicle damaged by floods in the town of Krymsk in Krasnodar region on Sunday. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered investigators to find out if enough was done to prevent 144 people being killed in floods in southern Russia after flying to the region to deal with the first big disaster of his new presidency.

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Local residents work amidst the debris of a house, damaged by floods, in the town of Krymsk in Krasnodar region.

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Friends and relatives cry next to the body of Petr Ostapenko, 35, who was killed during floods in the village of Moldavskoe, 5 km from the southern Russian town of Krymsk on Sunday.

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