Nine dead in southern Russia flash flood: official
Nine people died in southern Russia from a flood triggered by strong rains, a regional official with the Investigative Committee told RIA Novosti Saturday.
At least nine people died in an early morning flood near Tuapse, a Black Sea coastal town in Russia's Krasnodar region, said Gennady Vasyunin, head of the Investigative Committee department in Tuapse, RIA Novosti reported.
"Seven villages and 17 small settlements were flooded" after strong rains in the mountains, the emergency situations ministry in Krasnodar region said on its website.
The flash flood caused two mountain rivers to overflow, forcing the evacuation of 280 residents, the statement said.
By morning, most of the water has receded from the settlements, a regional ministry spokesman told RIA Novosti. The Tuapse district declared a state of emergency.
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