Krymsk still facing problems with power, water, gas supplies

Nearly 50% of the population of Krymsk, a town in Russia's southern Krasnodar territory hardest hit by recent severe flooding, are still suffering from blackouts, the Emergency Situations Ministry's regional branch said in a press release.

"Electricity supplies have been restored to 18,165 subscribers and 31 transformer sub-stations in Krymsk. A total of 13,900 people (44% of the population) and two transformer sub-stations remain without power. Gas supplies were also resumed to all social sector facilities (two boiler houses, six schools, 17 kindergartens and one city hospital), as well as 88,181 users. A total of 3,819 people (5% of the population) are not receiving gas at the moment," it said.

Water supplies were restored to all parts of Krymsk, it said.

However, people living above the second and third floors in 118 multi-storey apartment buildings remain without water due to a malfunction of lift pumps.

Up to 7,200 houses were flooded by torrential rains in the cities of Krymsk, Gelendzhik and Novorossiisk, as well as the villages of Kabardinka, Divnomorskoye, Nizhnebakanskaya and Neberdzhayevskaya on July 6-7. As many as 4,870 houses were inundated by Krymsk alone. A total of 400 buildings were destroyed completely.

The Russian Investigative Committee put the death toll from the floods at 164.

A total of 34,650 people were affected by the disaster. Up to 29,000 people lost all their property, and 5,500 people lost some of their assets. A total of 3,910 people sought medical aid. Of them, 400 were diagnosed with serious and moderately serious injuries.

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