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Storm knocks out power for over 111,000 Russians in country’s south - ministry

September 25, 2014, 22:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, September 25. /ITAR-TASS/. High winds and showers that battered Russia’s south have caused power blackouts in some parts, leaving well over 111,000 people without electricity, a spokesman for the Russian Emergencies Ministry said on Thursday.

“As of 18.00 Moscow time (12.00 GMT) at least 102 localities with the population of 111,000 people have no power in the Republic of Crimea, the regions of Krasnodar and Rostov,” Aleksandr Drobyshevsky said.

On Thursday morning, power blackouts affected about 200,000 Russians in the country’s south where heavy winds and showers knocked out power for 687,000 people in 64 municipal localities and 531 townships. Besides, high water from the Sea of Azov and the Don River partially caused flooding affecting about 3,000 households in the regions of Krasnodar and Rostov.

The authorities “have put up 23 temporary accommodation centres and evacuated nearly 1,500 people, with 154 out of them accommodated in these shelters,” Drobyshevsky said specifying that flooding affected about 3,000 residential houses in 26 localities in the Rostov region, where 7,100 people live.

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