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Flash Floods In Russia Kill 134 People
Flash floods in Russia have killed at least 134 people, police have said.
The equivalent of five months' rain fell overnight in some southern parts of the country, and the death toll is likely to rise as more bodies are discovered.
Some 56 people - including a 10-year-old - were killed in the Krasnodarsky Krai region's Krymsk district, 750 miles south of Moscow. Governor Alexander Tkachev said it was the worst disaster in the area for 70 years.
Nine others died in the Black Sea resort town of Gelendzhik, and two in the port of Novorossiisk.
At least five of those who died in the town were killed by an electrical shock when a transformer fell into the water.
"You can see from the air that the water in Gelendzhik has nearly died down, but something unimaginable is happening in Krymsk," Mr Tkachev said.
Regional police spokesman Igor Zhelyabin said: "The floods were very strong. Even traffic lights were ripped out, evacuations are under way.
"A rescue operation is on-going. More bodies are being discovered. Police are beefing up their presence to prevent mass looting," he added.
Video on Russian television showed waist-high muddy water coursing through city streets. Police said the floods have damaged the homes of nearly 13,000 people.
"There are lots of overturned cars, even huge trucks. Brick fences are washed away," said Vladimir Anosov, who lives in the village of Novoukrainsky.
"People are on the street, they are at a loss what to do. Helicopters are flying overhead, they are evacuating people from the flooded areas. The floods are really, really huge.
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has set up a commission to help the victims, his office said.