A day of national mourning over Krasnodar floods

President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree declaring July 9 a day of mourning throughout Russia given a huge flood in Krasnodar territory which killed 171 people.

President Vladimir Putin has issued a decree declaring July 9 a day of mourning throughout the Russian Federation given the tragic developments in Krasnodar territory. State flags will fly at half mast in Russia and also at Russian missions abroad. Cultural institutions and state-owned TV channels have been advised to refrain from showing entertaining programs.

The flood in Krasnodar territory fully destroyed 96 houses and left 3,300 people without all their property, the press service of the southern regional center of the Emergency Situations' Ministry announced on Monday quoting early figures.

A total of 246 mixed working groups operated in the disaster zone to evaluate the scale of the damage. They examined 10,232 houses.

"According to an early estimate, 643 houses were destroyed, 547 of them partly and 96 filly; 3,300 people lost all they had and 18,700 part of their property," the report says.

The report says that 479 people, 48 children, sought medical assistance. Seven people were taken to the central hospital in Gelendzhik and 137 in Krymsk, 13 of them children.

Powerful rainfalls last Friday in the cities of Novorosiisk, Gelendzhik and Krymsk, the towns of Divnomorskoye, Nizhnebakanskaya, Neberdzhayevskaya and Kabardinka resulted in the flooding of 5,185 houses and affected 22,000 people. Over 170 people died.

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

Residents of Krasnodar Territory were not fully alerted to the danger of flooding, said Russian Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Puchkov.

"An immediate assessment suggests that although citizens were warned, no ample work was done. Errors were made by local governments and individual services," Puchkov said at an intercom conference, when asked by Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev why residents in southern Russia had not been alerted to the danger of flooding.

Puchkov said, citing reports as of 10 a.m. Monday, that 171 people were killed in the natural disaster, 3,300 lost some of their first necessities, 18,700 lost them  fully and another 800 are at hospitals. Overall, more than 22,000 people were affected.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday will hold an intercom conference on the current situation in flood-stricken Krasnodar territory instead of a planned conference on preparations for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

His press secretary Natalia Timakova informed Interfax about the changes in Medvedev's working schedule saying that instead of the meeting on the Olympiad there would be an intercom conference.

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