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DISASTER Putin Wants Flood Inquiry Eduard Korniyenko, Reuters / Landov

Putin Wants Flood Inquiry

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.

July 8, 2012 7:32 AM