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Russian flood victims blame government

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:11

July 9 - Residents blame lack of warning system for deadly flood. Julie Noce reports.

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The waters are receding but there's a torrent of questions about whether the deadly floods in southwest Russia could have been averted. A wall of water hit the town of Krymsk late Saturday night as residents slept. At least 150 people were killed. Now some are saying officials opened a reservoir in the mountains, possibly on purpose, flooding their town to spare a more populous resort nearby. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) LOCAL, YELENA TOPALOVA, SAYING: "Nobody warned us, our local television channels were not working. There were no cars with loudspeakers in the streets, there was no warning. I already said that the neighbours called Emergencies Ministry that night (before the flood) and they told us 'sleep well'. " Investigators and local officials have rejected the possibility of a release from the reservoir, intentional or accidental. President Vladimir Putin has ordered investigators to focus instead on local officials' actions to warn residents of danger Julie Noce, Reuters

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Russian flood victims blame government

Monday, July 09, 2012 - 01:11