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Floods Caused By Heavy Rains Kill Man In Ukraine's Russian-Occupied Crimea


YALTA, Ukraine -- Floods caused by heavy rains have killed a 26-year-old man in Ukraine's Russian-occupied Crimean Peninsula.

The man died in the city of Yalta after he was taken away by water and mud, Crimea's Moscow-imposed governor, Sergei Aksyonov, said on June 18.

The identity of the man was not disclosed.

The Russia-imposed mayor of Yalta, Yanina Pavlenko, said that eight local residents were injured.

"Rivers overflowed their banks. The city's central part is being flooded," Pavlenko said in a statement. "Residents are being evacuated. Most importantly, the city's central area is fully closed now... There are mudslides in different parts near the city. Work to clean up the roads is under way."

Pavlenko also said the entrance to the city was completely closed because "the uncontrolled amounts of water simply sweep off vehicles and people."

Heavy rains overnight flooded all underground passages in the city, leading municipal authorities to suspend public transportation.

On June 17, the Crimean city of Kerch was also flooded by heavy rains.

Aksyonov introduced a state of emergency across the entire peninsula on June 17 as heavy rains continued.

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