Krymsk mayor, regional administration head dismissed

Krasnodar Territory Governor Alexander Tkachev has dismissed the Krymsk mayor and the chief of the Krymsk regional administration after a flooding that caused mass fatalities, the territorial administration has reported.

Tkachev announced the dismissals at the Krymsk District Council's emergency session on Monday.

"In such a situation, the mayor and the regional administration head must be dismissed right now," Tkachev said.

Tkachev criticized local officials' work to aid the victims.

"The rescue operation is over, the restoration work has started and life in the region is getting back to normal. I see big problems here. The quality of this work is categorically unacceptable. People complain that aid is not coming, and that local services are poor organizers. Local officials are hiding from the people dodging responsibility and decision-making," the governor was quoted as saying.

"The territorial authorities have actually assumed management of the region and the responsibility involved. Tkachev has actually been performing the regional head's duties for three days now, making decisions and meeting with people. May I ask what the local authorities have been doing all this time? What is the local government intended for, if it demonstrates inability to deal with crises?" Tkachev said.

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