Over 140 dead in Russian floods (Lead)

July 8th, 2012 - 9:12 am ICT by IANS  

Moscow, July 8 (IANS/RIA Novosti) A total of 141 people have died in Russia’s Krasnodar region which has been devastated by floods, said the government Sunday.

According to a spokesman for the Interior Ministry, the toll in country’s southern Krasnodar region, hit by disastrous floods, keeps rising and it has so far reached 141.

Earlier reports said that 130 people were killed in Russia’s worst in decades floods that affected several cities and residential areas in Krasnodar region, including Gelendzhik, Novorossiysk.

It has also affected Krymsk, a town having a population of 57,000 people, located some 87 km from Krasnodar.

The Russian Interior Ministry said that policemen involved in relief operations in the worst-hit town of Krymsk rescued 150 children.

“Up to 600 policemen are working in Krymsk and they have rescued some 300 people, including 150 children,” the statement from the ministry said.

Krymsk district was swept by the flood Friday night when most of the people were asleep.

The governor of Krasnodar region, Alexander Tkachyov, has declared July 9 day of mourning for flood victims.

–IANS/RIA Novosti
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