Flood in Krasnodar Territory hurts 1,837 people

The flood in the Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Territory has hurt 1,837 people, the territory's administration has reported. "A total of 1,837 people are believed to have been hurt by the natural calamity in the resort city of Novomikhailovsky, the region's administration said in a report posted on its website.

In the meantime, a report posted on the website of the Russian Prosecutor General's Office earlier on Wednesday states that 1,837 people live in the village of Novomikhailovsky, Tuapse district.

According to earlier reports, the heavy rains raised the water levels in the river of Nechepsukho to 1.5-2.5 meters in the early hours of August 22. The flood is believed to have killed four people. The rain has now stopped and the water levels in the river are decreasing.

Earlier, some 11,000 people in the Tuapse district and Sochi were left without electricity supply as a result of the heavy rain and flood on Wednesday, the press service for OAO Kubanenergo has reported.

"The flood was caused by heavy rain and hail in the Tuapse district, namely Novomikhailovskoye, Olginka, Lermontovo, and some parts of the villages of Lazarevskoye and Ashe, which are part of Sochi. The natural calamity left some 11,000 people and ten socially significant facilities without electricity supply as of 9:00 a.m. Moscow time," the report says.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered the Emergency Situations Ministry, the Regional Development Ministry, and the administration of the Krasnodar Territory to help the flooded village of Novomikhailovsky, the Kremlin press service has reported. "The president has ordered that all necessary measures be taken to help the victims of the flood in the village of Novomikhailovsky, Tuapse district of the Krasnodar Territory, with the restoration of residential buildings and the normalization of life in the village," the press service has reported.

Local residents and tourists were promptly notified of the disaster, and many people were able to evacuate their cars. Information on the destruction and damage done by the flood is currently being determined.

The Krasnodar Territory's Governor Alexander Tkachyov said on Twitter that the warnings system had worked well. The Emergency Situations Ministry and the administration of the Tuapse district earlier said the same.

The restoration work began on Wednesday morning, beginning with the resumption of power supply to socially significant facilities. Specifically, electricity supply has now been resumed to the Novomikhailovskoye hospital.

This is the second serious flood in the Krasnodar Territory this summer. The first flood took place on July 6-7, when thousands of residential buildings were flooded in the cities of Krymsk, Gelendzhik, and Novorossiysk, and also in some villages. The flood then killed 168 people.

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