Putin Wants Flood Inquiry

    Image #: 18547069    A local resident pulls his bicycle along a flooded street in the town of Krymsk in Krasnodar region, southern Russia, July 8, 2012. Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered investigators to find out if enough was done to prevent 144 people being killed in floods in southern Russia after flying to the region to deal with the first big disaster of his new presidency. REUTERS/Eduard Korniyenko  (RUSSIA - Tags: DISASTER ENVIRONMENT POLITICS)       REUTERS /EDUARD KORNIYENKO /LANDOV

    Eduard Korniyenko, Reuters / Landov

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says he wants an official probe into floods in a southern region of his country—but for 144 people it’s too little too late. Floodwaters swept through towns in the region of Krasnodar beginning Friday as more than 11 inches of rain fell in one night, causing flash floods. Many people were caught unaware by the rising waters. “The investigative committee will check the actions of all the authorities—how the notice was given ... how it should have been given, and who acted how,” Putin told a Russian news agency. A criminal investigation surrounding the floods was also underway.

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