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Two month’s worth of rain in just a few hours. More rain in the forecast.
At least 103 people were killed and thousands of homes flooded after torrential rains – as much as 11 inches (28cm) – inundated parts of the Krasnodar region of southern Russia overnight.
Some of the victims were electrocuted while others were swept into the sea. Many of the dead were elderly people who had been sleeping and drowned.
“It all happened during the night,” Anna Kovalyovskaya, whose parents were in the flood zone, told the Russian News Service. “Two-story houses were flooded up to the second floor. ”
“People were running out into the streets in their underwear and wrapping their children in blankets,” said Kovalyovskaya. “People were only able to save their passports.”
“There is no electricity and the shops are shut,” she added. “Many people have lost everything and are in a state of panic.”
RT said an average two-months’ rain fell in just a few hours in the popular holiday region on the Black Sea where Russia will host the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Russian TV showed thousands of houses in the region nearly completely submerged, forcing many residents to take refuge in trees or on rooftops.
No such floods ‘in our history’
“No one can remember such floods in our history,” said Aleksandr Tkachyov, governor of the Krasnodar region. “There was nothing of the kind for the last 70 years,” Itar-Tass news agency quoted him as saying.
More rain was in the forecast for Saturday and Sunday.
Transport system said to have collapsed
“The region’s transportation is in a state of collapse,” a transportation spokesman said, and Russian Railways’ website said all trains heading to and from Novorossiisk had been suspended.
“The water has risen half a meter above the rails,” it said.
More rain is in the forecast.
Can you imagine if that 11 inches of rain had have fallen in the winter? That would have been 110 inches of snow. Nine feet of snow. In just a few hours.
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