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On Monday President Vladimir Putin heard reports about the reasons of the flood in the Krasnodar territory from heads of the Emergencies Ministry, Interior Ministry, Finance Ministry, Health Ministry and Russia’s technical watchdog Rostekhnadzor. Experts conclude that the flood was caused by natural factors and high death toll is the result of the ineffective warning system.
“The tragedy happened, when two river torrents overlapped. Soil overfilled with previous heavy rains created a coating and could not absorb water any longer,” the Moskovsky Komsomolets daily quoted Rostekhnadzor chief Nikolai Kutyin as saying. “All water storage basins were inspected, there were no technological discharges. They could discharge water, if their walls were destroyed, but this did not happen,” he said. Putin in turn noted that “an initiative group of citizens made an inspection trip onboard the plane to find out that this information corresponds to reality.”
There could be much less flood deaths, if the population were properly informed, Nezavisimaya Gazeta reported. Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov briefed Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev saying that not all people received the flood warning within the established deadlines. According to preliminary information, no proper warning reports were made, deputy head of the Investigative Committee, Yelena Leonenko, admitted.
According to the Regional Development Ministry, 171 people were killed in the flood and another 29,000 were left homeless. Around 400 flood affected houses cannot be restored, Komsomolskaya Pravda wrote. Putin instructed to start building new housing for flood victims as soon as possible.
Ten years ago in August 2002 the Krasnodar territory was also hit by the flood that killed 60 people, the Kommersant business daily reminded. Former Novorossiysk Mayor Valery Prokhorenko was found responsible in that tragedy. Then Alexander Tkachev served as the region’s governor. This time he also promptly found those responsible, sacking on Monday the head of the Krymsk district, Vasily Krutko.