Dmitry Medvedev: Infrastructure modernization in flood-stricken areas must be preceded by analysis

The infrastructure, mobile phone communication, gas supplies and railway services have been restored in the flood-stricken region of southern Russia, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich has said.

Meanwhile, Medvedev has said that decisions on modernizing the infrastructure and further protecting flood-stricken towns and villages in Krasnodar territory should be made only after a thorough analysis of the causes for the flood.

"All major facilities must be restored as much as possible in the shortest time," he said at a meeting with his deputies.

"As for the protection of the town and making any decisions to modernize the infrastructure, they should be made only after what happened is most thoroughly analyzed," Medvedev added.

He said there are numerous theories behind the calamity that have to be checked.

Additionally, the Russian Investigative Committee has received photographs of the flood-hit areas of Kuban from Russian, U.S. and Italian satellites as part a probe into the huge flood death toll.

"Some of the photographs were made using a special program filter, which made it possible to determine the entire area affected by the flood and locations where water had accumulated," the Investigative Committee's official spokesman Vladimir Markin has told Interfax.


The pictures will enable experts to reconstruct the evolution of the flood more precisely, he said.

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