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Dozens die in flash floods along Russia's Black Sea coast

Dozens die in flash floods along Russia's Black Sea coast
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As many as 53 people have been killed as severe floods hit parts of southern Russia, according to local police.

Torrential rains swept through parts of the Krasnodar region close to the Black Sea over the past two days.
Most of the dead were from the cities of Krymsk, Gelendzhik and Novorossiik.

Around 13,000 homes were affected. Officials said many residents were caught out as the flooding took hold in the middle of the night.

Authorities are continuing to evacuate those affected.

The largest port in the Black Sea at Novorossiisk halted crude oil shipments because of continuing storms in the area. Officials said the port was in danger from further landslides.

The governor of the Krasnodar region described on Twitter how the floods were so forceful, they tore up the asphalt on one of the main streets of Krymsk.

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