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Putin unsatisfied with pace of accommodation of Irkutsk Region flood victims

The flooding hit the region in late June

BRATSK, July 19. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his dissatisfaction with the pace of accommodation of people displaced in the wake of the Irkutsk Region floods after Russian Deputy Prime Minister Vitaly Mutko told him that several local residents had to stay at the apartments of their relatives.

"A woman with children said today: 'I live with relatives now, it’s all good for now, but I would like to receive temporary accommodation somewhere while you work on improving my living conditions,'" Mutko said.

"She didn’t say anything good. On the opposite, there is nothing good about it," Putin reacted.

Mutko informed that according to the flood response headquarters, over 800 additional spots in accommodation centers have to be created by September.

The unprecedented flooding in the Irkutsk region in late June was caused by torrential rains and snow melting in the Sayan Mountains. About 11,000 dwelling houses and about the same number of land plots, 49 social infrastructure facilities and 49 sections of motorways in 107 settlements were inundated. Twenty-two motorway bridges were damaged. According to the latest update, the flooding claimed 25 lives and seven are still listed as missing. A state of emergency is still in force in the region.