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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Putin: Many Flood Victims Still Need Houses

Itar-TassPutin last week inspecting houses built for people left homeless by summer floods in the southern Russian village of Yelenovskoye.
Much remains to be done to resolve housing problems in areas damaged by the summer's floods, President Vladimir Putin said last week during a visit to southern Russia.

In Maikop in the Adygeya region, Putin reminded regional officials that all the homeless were supposed to have a roof over their heads by Dec. 1, Interfax reported.

"Little time is left, and there is a lot to be done," he was quoted as saying.

Only 22.8 percent of the families whose homes were destroyed by the floods have been given new housing, Putin said, adding that the rest are still living outdoors.

However, people whose homes have been repaired have fared better. Ninety percent of damaged apartments have been renovated.

Putin said the State Construction Committee and the regional governments have acted too slowly. They did not finalize the list of citizens whose homes were damaged until October. "Such a pace can hardly be considered satisfactory," he said.

"Each time we have to decide how to save people and property as if it were for the first time," he said.

The president said many of the subsidies for repairs had not yet been transferred to the regions from different accounts at state bank Sberbank.