December 20, 2014
MOSCOW (AP) - Russian news agencies say the death toll in flooding after torrential rains in the Black Sea region of southern Russia has risen to 103.
The state news agencies ITAR-Tass and RIA Novosti said the figure came from unnamed officials at the Interior Ministry.
The overnight storms dumped as much as 11 inches of rain on parts of the Krasnodar region, forcing many residents to take refuge in trees or on house roofs. The region's governor says about 5,000 homes were flooded. ITAR-TASS reports many people were asleep when the flooding hit and had to scrambled to safety.
State news agency RIA Novosti says five people died of electrical shock after a transformer fell into the water.
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