Storms, Floods in Russia Kill Dozens

State of emergency declared in Krasnodar region
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2012 1:00 AM CDT
This giant waterspout was filmed near Sochi, in the Krasnodar region of Russia. Rainstorms and flash floods have killed dozens.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Flash floods in the southwestern Russia region Krasnodar have killed about 100 people and affected 13,000, reports the BBC. Torrential rains started yesterday in the region, causing the government to declare a state of emergency. The flooding also has affected oil shipments from Novorossiisk on the Black Sea. "The floods were very strong. Even traffic lights were ripped out," said a police spokesman. (Read more Russia stories.)

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