6 dead, 1000s homeless in Siberia floods

2014-05-31 19:57


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Moscow - Six people have died in southern Siberia and thousands more have been evacuated after torrential rain led to major floods.

A state of emergency has been declared in the areas worst hit, the government said in a statement on Saturday.

"Nearly 4 000 homes have been flooded by rivers swollen by heavy rains, and around 7 600 people have been displaced," said the statement, from Russia's emergencies ministry.

A separate statement from the ministry said six people had died in the floods, according to the Interfax news agency.

Spring flooding is an annual occurrence in Russia. In 2012, devastating floods killed 172 people in the southwestern town of Krymsk, raising questions about the authorities' handling of such disasters.

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