Kazakhstan President sent condolences to Russian citizens on the tragedy in South Russia 09 июля 2012, 14:41
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Nursultan Nazarbayev. Photo by Vladimir Dmitriyev©
Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev has sent a telegram with condolences to Russia’s President Vladimir Putin in relation to the disaster in South Russia that claimed over 150 lives, Tengrinews.kz reports.
“It was with deep sorrow that Kazakhstan residents took the sad news on the tragedy at Kuban that was caused by the disaster and claimed people’s lives. On behalf of Kazakhstan people and myself I ask you to pass deep condolences and words of support to the families of the victims,” the telegram states.
At least 171 people died in the disaster at night of July 7, including 12 in the port of Novorossiisk and the popular Black Sea resort town of Gelendzhik where five were electrocuted, a police official with the emergency task force in Moscow told , AFP. The worst hit area was a district around Krymsk, a town of around 57,000 where rescue teams have found 159 bodies including three children, police said. Most of the victims were pensioners, many caught by the floods in their sleep.