Last week, many countries were hit by a devastating force of nature – floods that wiped out hundreds of homes and claimed hundreds of human lives. 171 people died in the floods in Russia, in India – 121.
July 9 is declared a day of mourning: to remember those who died in the floods. The devastating force claimed 171 lives on the south of Krasnodar. The Russian Investigation Committee has begun an investigation on a possible negligence, Life News reports.
205 people, including 48 children, were given medical attention. All and all 159 people were caught in the floods; 20 bodies are still not identified.
The sudden floods were caused by a heavy rainfall. Krimsk city vicinity was hit the hardest: 159 residents died there, many children as well. 12 more people died in the Black Sea resort city of Gelendzhik and Novorossiysk.
Officials explain the high death rates with the fact that most people were asleep at the time. State internet websites, on the other hand, spread rumours that someone intentionally opened the floodgates of the water reservoir. President Vladimir Putin denies this information, promising that relatives of the people who died will receive two million RUB as compensations.
Meanwhile, in India, at least 121 people died in the floods that hit the north-east of the country. Six million residents more were forced to leave their homes. 105 people drowned, but 16 people died in the landslides caused by the heavy rainfall, AFP reports.
Floods are continuing in 26 of 27 Assam state districts since June 24. The Brahmaputra River burst its banks in at least nine places.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Foreign Minister of Sri Krishna expressed sympathy to relatives of victims of monsoon caused floods. Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis and Foreign Affairs Minister Edgars Rinkevics also expressed their condolences to them. Both officials also offered condolences to Russia both in relation to the bus accident in Ukraine, where 14 pilgrims died, and in relation to the sudden floods.
An emergency situation is also declared in England, where heavy rainfall was noted in the end of last week. Some young man died in Northumberland when his car slipped from the road.
Thousands of British Formula 1 fans could not watch the British Grand Prix qualification runs in Silverstone on July 7, because the stadium’s parking lot was completely flooded. The qualification runs were held on Sunday and around 125 thousand fans were able to come and watch, BBC reports.