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Russian Officials Sacked Following Flood Deaths

Flooding aftermath in Karamken in Russia's eastern Magadan region
KRASNODAR, Russia -- Krasnodar Krai Governor Alekandr Tkachev has dismissed two local officials following recent flooding in which several people died, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Those dismissed are the deputy head of the Emergency Situations Department in Tuapse and the mayor of the town of Georgievsk.

Fourteen people died in the floods and 12 more are still missing. Over 1,700 homes were damaged.

Svetlana Uvarova, who lives in the village of Dzhubga, told RFE/RL that the rescue teams arrived only after a long delay.

Another local resident, Yekaterina Dmitrieva, told RFE/RL that in her case no rescue team arrived to help them.

"We sat there on the roof of our house and nobody came to assist us," she said. "Today they summoned us to the village council and told us that we would be given 10,000 rubles each ($328) to buy new clothes, and that is all."

Tkachev told journalists today that the families of those who died would receive 1 million rubles each ($328,000).