Russia – More Deadly Floods Hit Sochi

One person has died and 3 are still missing after flash floods once again struck in Sochi on the Black Sea coast in Russia.

Sochi and wider areas of Krasnodar Krai (territory) were badly affected by floods earlier this month. Media reported a total of 8 fatalities as a result of severe weather in the region.

Further flooding struck in Sochi on 23 July 2021. Mayor of Sochi, Alexei Kopaygorodsky, said a month’s worth of rain fell in a few hours, flooding several streets around the city. At least 13 people were evacuated.

The Matsesta and Khosta rivers broke their banks. A vehicle carrying four people was swept away by flood water from the Matsesta river. The body of the driver has been found and the search continues for the 3 passengers, the mayor said.

A hospital was flooded and power supplies to six areas of Sochi were disrupted after electrical substations were turned off. Beaches of the resort city were temporarily closed.

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry for the Krasnodar Territory said 52.6 mm of rain fell in 1 hour in Sochi on 23 July 2021.

Flooding also recently struck parts of Turkey’s Black Sea Coast region, including in Arhavi in Artvin Province, situated about 300km south of Sochi across the Black Sea.

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