At least 6 people have died and one is missing in flooding that has affected parts of Krasnodar Krai region of south western Russia over the last few days.
Fatalities occurred in the region’s Tuapse and Apsheronsk districts. Around 30 villages and towns, as well as the cities of Tuapse and Sochi have been affected by the high waters caused by heavy rains that hit the area from 24 October.
Emergency services say that 2,365 houses have been flooded, affecting around 5,300 people in the districts of Sochi, Tuapse and Apsheronsk. Around 750 people have been evacuated and accommodated in temporary shelters or hotels. Almost 1,500 people and 330 vehicles are involved in flood relief and recover efforts.
Electricity and running water supplies have been interrupted, as have local train services. Some roads have been damaged and a bridge along the Tuapse-Maikop highway destroyed.
Warnings have been issued for further severe weather, including thunderstorms, hail and winds over the next few days.