The material loss from floods in Southern Russia is estimated at almost 14.4 billion roubles (US$1=over 31 roubles), reported the press-service of Russia's Emergencies Ministry on Monday.
The flood has damaged 346 populated areas, destroyed almost 11,000 and damaged about 56,000 dwellings, with only 20% having been restored so far. The floods have damaged more than 144 km of gas pipelines, 584 bridges, 2,241.5 km of highways, about 6 km of railways, 404 km of electric transmission lines, almost a thousand water lines and water intakes. In 360 settlements power supply was interrupted, and gas supply in 163 settlements.
By Monday morning almost all electric transmission lines were restored, 5 km of the railways, 70% of the water lines and water intakes, about 60 km of gas pipelines, almost 60% of automobile roads, and all railway and almost half the pedestrian bridges. More than 86,000 people returned to their permanent places of residence.
Putin said that NATO increased its military personnel by 10,000 people in the areas where NATO troops should not even be in accordance with key documents
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