Fatal floods in Russia

Associated Press
A man walks along a flooded playground at the city stadium in Krimsk, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow, Sunday, July 8, 2012. Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed at least 150 people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

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The Russian government accused local authorities of mishandling floods that killed 171 people near the Black Sea, hoping to deflect public anger over the high death toll and devastation from President Vladimir Putin.

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