“Putin, help us!” – Pictures show extent of devastation in Russia

According to the Kremlin, the worst is yet to come in the Tyumen and Kurgan regions.

In Russia's Orenburg region, the flood disaster that started over the weekend in neighboring Kazakhstan is still ongoing.

The heavy rains that led to the breach of the two dams, combined with spring flooding of the Ural and other rivers, caused the worst floods in decades. A state of emergency was declared in the area.

According to the Kremlin, the worst is yet to come in the Tyumen and Kurgan regions, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

Such was a great flood in the city of Orsk. EPA/AOP

“Putin, help us!”

According to the Russian state news agency Dassi, nearly 7,000 households in Orsk had to rely on water. The Russian emergency minister flew to the site on Sunday Alexander Kurenkov The situation in the city is dangerous.

“Putin, help us,” chanted demonstrators demanding compensation for their flood-ravaged homes in front of the Orsky administration building, which was the worst affected by the floods on Monday. Medusa.

Governor of Orenburg Denis Basler Those who suffered property damage will receive a total of 100,000 rubles (less than 1,000 euros), according to the Moscow Times.

Despite the Orenburg regional prosecutor's call not to hold demonstrations “especially in this state of emergency”, the demonstrators called on local authorities to be ashamed. Police were not immediately successful in dispersing the “illegal” demonstration.

Kurenkov said residents ignored authorities' notices to evacuate in the days before the dam broke. Moscow Times including disputants.

Instead, two days before the dam broke, the mayor of Orsk Vasili Kosubitsa In his now-deleted VKontakte update (the so-called Russian Facebook), he assured residents that he had inspected the dam and there was no need to worry. The Moscow Times published a screenshot of the update. The protesters demanded that Kosubitza step down.

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A criminal investigation has been opened in Russia over the 2014 dam breach. The reasons are suspected to be related to “negligence and disregard of building safety regulations”.

Apart from Orsk, the flood destroyed many towns and villages in Orenburg. A Russian expert interviewed by The Moscow Times says the worst flooding disaster in decades is an example of what extreme weather can bring from climate change. Pictures show the extent of flood damage in the area.

A resident travels around the city of Orenburg on a rubber boat on Wednesday. EPA/AOP

A resident of Orenburg walks through floodwaters near his home on Wednesday. AP Delivery

Floods have destroyed thousands of homes in the Orenburg region. Picture taken on Wednesday. EPA/AOP

A photo of the city of Orsk on Tuesday, from a video released by the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry. EPA/AOP

Satellite images show the extent of flood damage in the city of Orenburg on Monday. AP Delivery, Maxar Technologies

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