Russia's Putin visits flood hit Krasnodar

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STORY: Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered the country's Investigative Committee to investigate timings that residents of Krasnodar region were warned of heavy rainfall, which resulted in floods and landslides that killed at least 130 people in southern Russia, Interfax news agency reported late on Saturday.

Putin met with Krasnodar region authorities in the heavily affected town of Krymsk on Saturday, after the average rainfall for two months poured in just a few hours, forcing local residents to climb on to roofs and into trees to save themselves.

While on the visit Putin announced there would be an investigation looking at whether the local authorities were allegedly too late warning residents about the danger.

Many victims of the flooding were elderly people who were asleep when the storm broke in the agricultural region of Krasnodar overnight.

They drowned as the torrential rain turned hilly streets into driving torrents and water rose above head-height in what one official called the worst flooding for 70 years.

The flooding damaged thousands of homes, blocked railways and roads, and halted oil and grain shipments from the Black Sea port