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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Floods Leave 1,800 Without Homes

Itar-TassResidents wading through a Tyemryuk street on Saturday after floods brought on by a thaw last week swamped the town.
Flooding in southern Krasnodar region has forced 1,800 people from their homes, and helicopters dropped bombs Saturday to break up ice floes blocking a nearby river to ease the situation.

Itar-Tass reported that the situation around the town of Tyemryuk was stabilizing and flood waters had fallen below the critical level -- the point at which a river overflows its banks.

The level of the Kuban River fell around 19 centimeters overnight to around 181 centimeters. The critical level is 190 centimeters.

But Pyotr Yefremov, the head of the regional department for emergency situations, said the situation remained difficult as there were still ice blockages at the mouth of the river, Itar-Tass reported.

Television showed army helicopters hovering over the river and dropping 100-kilogram bombs onto the ice floes below, while residents waded through flooded streets knee-deep in water. News reports said 1,800 people had been evacuated from 900 homes, more than a third of which need to be completely rebuilt.

The weather in Krasnodar was forecast to remain above freezing, threatening more flooding. Snow still is piled up to 1.5 meters in the region.

(Reuters, AP)