Russia cracks whip after deadly floods

Russia cracks whip after deadly floods

The first head rolled on Monday over the floods in southern Russia that killed at least 171 people as the authorities blamed local officials for failing to warn locals in time of the looming calamity. In the worst-hit town of Krymsk where most of the deaths occurred, the locals’ anger at the authorities did not subside over lack of information and help as the first victims were laid to rest in a nearby cemetery.

Monday was also a day of mourning for those killed by the country’s worst flooding disaster of recent history, with flags flying at half-mast over the Kremlin and entertainment programmes shelved on national television. The region’s governor Alexander Tkachev attempted to moderate public fury by firing the head of Krymsk district, accusing him of failing to carry out responsibilities in a crisis.

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