Fatal floods in Russia

Associated Press
A part of destroyed mannequin by the flood is seen in mud in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik, southern Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water in the Black Sea region of southern Russia overnight, unleashing intense flooding that killed over a hundred people and forced many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. (AP Photo/Ignat Kozlov)

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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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