» 07/09/2012 09:16 RUSSIA Russia, a day of mourning for the 171 flood victims Prime Minister Vladimir Putin orders an investigation into negligence. According to local operators, the affected population (Krasnodar region) was not warned in time. The accidental opening of a dam may have worsened the situation.
Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The entire population of Russia is today in mourning for the victims of floods in
the southern region of Krasnogar.
With at least 171 confirmed dead, 24 thousand displaced and 5 thousand houses destroyed, the local governor Alexander Tkachev has
called the flooding "an
unprecedented tragedy." After
having flown over the crash site by helicopter, President Vladimir Putin has
ordered an inquiry into the tragedy,
for which local authorities could
be accused of negligence.
days of torrential rains, flash floods hit the population during the night between July 6 and 7.
activists, people were not advised
of the true gravity of the
situation. Furthermore, the
opening of the gates of a local reservoir worsened
the situation, channeling huge amounts of water to residential areas. However, officials continue to deny any wrongdoing.
images broadcast by local television stations, show that water reached 28cm high, forcing
many people to seek refuge in trees or on rooftops.
Most of the victims were residents of Krymsk,
a city of 57 thousand inhabitants. The area of
Gelendzhik, near the Black Sea, and the port city of Novorossiysk were also seriously affected.
Krasnodar is the first great disaster
of the new Putin era, in his third term as president.