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Russia continues to bury the dead, clean up after floods in Krasnodar

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Krasnodar, Russia - A young man surveys the damage in a room where flood waters poured in and reached more than halfway up the wall. Cleanup is beginning after deadly floods swept through the Black Sea region of southern Russia, and President Vladimir Putin ordered investigators to find out if enough was done to prevent 144 people being killed in the floods.

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A soldier digs a grave for those who died during floods in Krymsk, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow, on Tuesday, July 10. Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed nearly 170 people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday.

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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. Russia held a day of mourning for at least 171 people who died in its worst flooding disaster as questions mounted over whether officials did enough to warn of the impending calamity.

 FROM AP: 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.

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. Continue reading more on this story here.