RussiaGovernor of Flood-hit Region Pledges New Homes in 4 Months

Residents of Krymsk, the city most severely devastated by floods that swept southern Russia’s Krasnodar Territory, will get new homes in 3-4 months, Governor Alexander Tkachov said on Sunday.

Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed over 170 people after torrential rains began on Friday dropping more than 30 centimeters of water.

Rain forced many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. The emergencies ministry said the disaster affected over 20,000 people; of them 320 sought medical assistance, 104 people have been hospitalized.On Sunday, 7 alleged looters were detained in Krymsk.

New flood alerts were issued by local meteorologists on Sunday.

“If your household has been completely destroyed by rains and floods the administration of the territory undertakes the commitment to build a new home for you in 3-4 months, before the beginning of the cold period,” Tkachov said at a meeting with locals.

On Monday, the government will start paying compensations to those people whose homes have been destroyed. Each member of a family that lost its home will get 10,000 rubles ($304).

Starting Monday, more than 2,500 volunteers and 100 vehicles will join rescue works in the region, deputy governor Dzhambulat Hautov said.

Source: RIA-Novosti

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