Official Cause of Russian Killer Flood Challenged

Translated from the official Russian website.Sorry if the translation isn’t accurate.You can still get the meaning :

Investigation Committee of Russia has announced that during a heavy downpour in the Kuban were plum water reservoir above the town Neverdjayevskaya Krymsk. Rumors that the rapid rise of water during the night was the result of discharges to the reservoir, appeared almost immediately. They fueled an official letter to the leader of “Yabloko” Mitrokhin, “and officials have studiously denied. Vladimir Putin at a meeting of experts was informed that this is impossible. According to recent data, the element has killed 171 people.

Saturday night Putin himself said: “No process water discharge is not provided, it is simply not technically possible to do this is the construction of this reservoir. According to RTN, at the moment everything is in the planning, operation.”

On Sunday, senior assistant to the head of the Investigative Department of the Investigative Committee of the Krasnodar Territory of Russia, Ivan Sanger told RIA “News”: during a heavy downpour in the Kuban were automatically drains the water in the reservoir Neverdjayevskaya, but argue that this has caused flooding early. “Within 13 hours were repeated automatic sinks” – said Sanger.

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Sanger added that the water drains were portions. The dam itself has no damage.

“Interfax” Sanger said later: “Discharges of water produced in the usual, normal mode. Overlap of the dam was not, therefore, discharges could not cause a flood.”

At 11:50 TFR website published a message which says: “Despite the fact that the normal mode provides periodic releases of water are small, but the normal mode of the dam did not affect the development of the tragic events.”

On Sunday afternoon the head of Ministry of Emergency Situations Vladimir Puchkov said that he personally flew over Neverdjayevskaya reservoir on the Mi-8 helicopter, and no damage to the dam there.

The same day, at the suggestion of the governor of Kuban Alexander Tkachev five residents Krymsk up by helicopter and inspected from the air Neverdjayevskaya reservoir, the press service of the Administration of Krasnodar Territory. These people are convinced that “the water discharge was technically impossible” and “Reservoir is not to blame for the flood” broadcast media.

Previously, it was announced that the Investigative Committee opened a criminal investigation into the deaths of people during floods in the Krasnodar region. “The case was opened under Part 3 of Article 109 of the Criminal Code (causing death by negligence),” – said the source, “News.”

In social networks, high-profile post has been a resident of Krymsk Julia Andropov. She claimed that her father, who worked on the reservoir, said an emergency meeting of the committee, where it was decided to open the floodgates. Later, post and page Andropov had been removed, but it kept the cache Google. The report said that opened the floodgates to protect against flooding of Novorossiysk.

Initially, the dumping of water from the reservoir and the Krasnodar environmentalist wrote Suren Ghazarian. Then he abandoned this version: “I have traveled up the rivers and Bakanke Neberdzhayu as I could. Came to the conclusion that the discharge from the reservoir Neverdjayevskaya could not become a major cause of the flood, although residents adhere to this version of events. Adagum climbed all tributaries and not just a river Neberdzhay on which the dam, “- he wrote on his LiveJournal.

In Rostechnadzor agree with reservations MRS. “The project of construction of the dam is designed so that technologically impossible to dump water into emergency mode – said to” Interfax “agency. – At the dam spillway is a structure, but it is in its upper part, and only works in the overflow of the dam, but this is not was. ”

Flooding on the night of July 7 has flooded more than 5000 homes in three cities (Gelendzhik, Krymsk, Novorossiysk) and a number of towns in Krasnodar Krai. According to recent reports of the operational headquarters of the Interior Ministry, the victims of raging element was 171 people. Sought medical treatment, 320 (including 48 children) were hospitalized 104 people. For information about the missing departments do not lead. MOE reports more than 12 thousand victims.

Violated the system of electricity, gas and water supply, road and rail traffic.

The cause of flooding, according to official figures, began to rain showers.

“The Missing Governor” found

The Mayor Vladimir Krymsk Ulanovskii former unavailable for comment throughout the Sabbath, said rescuing drowning, and “he almost drowned.” Its absence in the news bothered blogosphere, even wrote that he “disappeared in an unknown direction.”

According to KP, late at night on July 8 in a live local radio station “Electron-FM” Ulanovskii explained where he was and what he did. “The wave of the order of 3-4 meters, came instantly. We announce event with sirens drove cars. We were distributed to the team, trying to wake people – did not work. We, my team and I did not sleep all night, saving people, attracted by the technique. But when there were more than 3 meters of water – machinery has no way would help. We found the boats with motors, saving people on the boat – I had almost drowned. We shot people from rooftops, from the trees. It was awful. This floods the city does not remember. I still do not know how much water came from – instantly, dramatically. those who died – the kingdom of heaven, to save someone – health. ”

Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 16:50:18 +0300
Subject: Weird flood in southern Russia, over 150 dead

Some interesting counterweight from Russia:

These links:

http://www.newsru.com/russia/08jul2012/skrflood.html

and

http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fvk.com%2Fwall160960523_52

are describing the standpoint little bit differing from the official (Russian) opinion, claiming the flood was technogenic, as of the choice for officials was either Krymsk will be flooded or a much more bigger city – Novorossisk – will

The key sentence in the cached doc is:

[Russian omitted.]

The approximate translation: Everybody is silent now, but my father was on duty that night and the commission met in a hurry to decide whether or not to open the gates of the Neberdzhajev Dam.

While the official standpoint is that the dam does not have “such type” of gates.

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