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Russia mourns flood victims, local officials blamed

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Relatives and friends of Petr Ostapenko, 35, who was reportedly killed while rescuing people during the recent floods, mourn at his grave at a cemetery of the town of Krymsk in the southern Russian Krasnodar region, on July 9, 2012.

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Acquaintances of World War Two veteran Valentin Markozov, 92, mourn during his funeral ceremony at the central cemetery of Krymsk on July 9, 2012.

The Associated Press reports from Krymsk, Russia — Authorities failed to properly warn residents in the Black Sea region of floods that killed at least 171 people and left others scrambling for safety, Russia's emergencies minister acknowledged Monday, adding to public outrage fueled by widespread mistrust of the government.

'Wave of water': Torrential rains kill dozens in Russia

Monday has been declared a national day of mourning in Russia. Families of the flood victims were beginning to bury the dead in the hard-hit town of Krymsk, where torrential rain and flooding turned streets into swirling muddy rivers, inundated thousands of homes and forced people to flee from their beds in the middle of the night. Nearly 19,000 people have lost all their belongings. Read the full story.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin, background, stands during a minute of silence for victims of the floods in Moscow on July 9, 2012.

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Children view a car partially buried in mud on the bank of a river after flooding in the town of Nizhnebakansky on July 9, 2012.

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A woman speaks on a cell phone in front of her flood-damaged house in the town of Nizhnebakansky on July 9, 2012.