A huge flood in Krasnodar territory has had about 150 people killed and almost 2,800 evacuated

As a result of the Friday and Saturday flood in Krasnodar territory about 150 people were found dead and almost 28,000 were evacuated. Krasnodar territory's authorities has declared July 9 a day of mourning.

As a result of the Friday and Saturday flood in Krasnodar territory about 150 people were found dead, according to the latest figures reported by the Interior Ministry. The Emergency Situations' Ministry reports that the calamity affected over 12,000 people.

"As at 11:30 a.m. 150 dead bodies had been discovered - 139 in Krymsk, nine - in Gelendzhik and two - in Novorosiisk," a spokesman for the Interior Ministry crisis center told Interfax on Sunday.

The flood hit the cities of Gelendzhik, Krymsk and Novorosiisk and the towns of Divnomorskoye, Kabardinka and Nizhnebakanskoye.

Almost 2,800 people have been evacuated from the flood zone. About 5,200 houses in three cities and four towns were flooded,  the press service of the regional division of the Emergency Situations' Ministry said. "A total of 5,185 houses and 2,035 households with a population 26,475 people, 6,330 of the children, are flooded. So far 2,756 people, 126 of them children, have been evacuated to temporary settlement sites," the press service says.

Four children's camps are to be evacuated from the flood zone as well, Vice Premier Olga Golodets said during an intercom conference on Sunday.

"Children from four camps located in the flood area will be evacuated to a safe and comfortable place," she said. She spoke of the need to establish special control over the resort area.

Governor of Krasnodar territory Alexander Tkachyov has declared July 9 a day of mourning, the Krasnodar territory administration announced.

"We have decided to declare Monday, July 9, a day of mourning in Krasnodar territory. All festivities on the Day of the Family and entertainments will be cancelled," the website of the territorial administration quotes Tkachyov as saying.

He also said that even the tragedy of 2002 when 62 people died is incomparable with the disaster that hit Gelendzhik and Krymsk districts and the city of Novorosiisk in a matter of hours.

The Friday and Saturday flood has been caused by heavy rainfalls hit the cities of Gelendzhik, Krymsk and Novorosiisk and the towns of Divnomorskoye, Kabardinka and Nizhnebakanskoye. During strong rainfalls there were numerous fractional water discharges from the dam of Neberdzhayevskoye reservoir located in the mountains not far from Krymsk.

The investigative department of the Investigative Committee for Krasnodar territory at instructions from committee chairman Alexander Bastrykin has launched a criminal case in relation to the massive loss of life in the flood in the territory.

The press service of the department says that the case was launched under part 3 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code (causing the death of two and more persons by negligence).

The press service noted that the dam remained undamaged. "As the mean annual volume of precipitation fell out during 24 hours, the reservoir overflowed many times and the dam made numerous fractional water discharges," a spokesman said.

He added that the discharges were not large-scale. Investigators will have to establish how much they affected the course of events.

The Investigative Committee does not consider water discharges from Neberdzhayevskoye reservoir as the cause of the flood in Krymsk district of Krasnodar territory, senior assistant to head of the Investigative Committee department for Krasnodar territory Ivan Sengerov has told Interfax.

"The water discharges were conducted in a regular, routine manner. There was no tipping over, hence the discharges could not have caused the flood," he said.

Sengerov said that investigative bodies have simplified to the minimum the procedure of examining damaged houses in Krymsk for the payment of compensation.

"The parameters of the visual examination have been reduced to the minimum. People should write to what mark the water rose. We will use photos for all the rest. Assessors will be able to estimate the size of the damage for the payment of compensation based on photos," he said.

"Even though the regular operating mode implies periodic small water discharges, this regular operating mode of the dam did not affect the tragic course of events," the website of the Investigative Committee says.

"No massive water discharges or overflowing of the dam were registered," the report says.

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