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Moscow (AFP) Aug 27, 2011
The authorities in Russia's Caucasus region of Chechnya Saturday evacuated over 2,500 people from their homes in the capital Grozny due to flooding caused by heavy rains that burst a dam, officials said.
The local branch of the emergencies ministry said in a statement that a total of 2,688 people were affected and required evacuation after 673 homes were hit by the flooding.
The flooding was caused when heavy rain over the last two days led to the bursting of the dam over the river Sunzha that protects the city from floodwaters.
There were no reports of casualties.
The controversial head of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, appeared on the scene to inspect the broken dam and vow that all the evacuated families would receive accommodation until the waters receded, Russian news agencies reported.
The Kremlin fought two wars against separatist rebels in Chechnya since the collapse of the Soviet Union. The situation has stabilised somewhat in the last years although attacks by Islamist-inspired insurgents are still frequent.
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Strong rains and flash floods kill 7 in Guatemala
Guatemala City (AFP) Aug 26, 2011
Authorities in Guatemala on Friday declared a red alert in the Santa Rosa department east of the capital after recent strong rains and flash floods left seven dead. "The Center of Emergency Operations, which provides necessary aid to affected populations, is coordinating activities in the area," the government's disaster reduction agency said in a statement. Military barracks in the area ... read more
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