Krasnodar, 31 October – Yug Times. On October 24 - 25, the nature again reminded Kuban of its unpredictable character. A mighty thunderhead fell upon the region in the middle of the previous week. In most places, there were wind squalls and thunderstorms. The strongest blow fell on Apsheronsk, Tuapse and Greater Sochi. The natural disaster led to human deaths and significant economic losses.
Thirty settlements were submerged in the Tuapse, Apsheronsk districts and Sochi. The elements ruined the railway and several motor ways; a number of settlements became cut off from their district centres; gas and electricity supply was suspended. The authorities announced the emergency state in the region. Thousands of people lived in the risk zone. Regretfully, the natural disaster resulted in human deaths. The regional Investigating Department instituted proceedings against a group of local officials of the Apsheronsk district administration, accused of negligence. Their dereliction of duty brought to human casualties.
The officials had failed to cope with their obligations with regard to timely and due announcement of the upcoming emergency situation and evacuation of the inhabitants to safe areas. As a result, a man perished in Khadyzhensk, two men and a woman died in Kabardinskaya. All victims of the natural disaster were elderly people.
Over the weekend, the repair works proceeded in all areas exposed to the natural disaster. The governmental commissions were estimating the losses: 365 households were acknowledged as suffered from the calamity.
For several days, the suffered areas were cleaned from the silt and dirt, and from the fallen trees. Altogether, 2,291workers and 394 machines were used to cope with the consequences of the natural calamity, including 496 officers and 118 machines belonging to the Ministry of Emergency Situation. All consequences of the disaster had reportedly been eliminated by the evening of October 29.
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