MOSCOW (AP) -- The death toll from flooding in southern Russia climbed Tuesday to 72, as officials surveyed the widespread damage to towns and villages throughout the region.
Nearly 86,000 people were evacuated from their homes, many of them by helicopter, since the rains began a week ago, said Emergency Situations Ministry spokesman Viktor Beltsov.
More than 3,000 residential buildings have been destroyed and nearly 4,000 damaged by the floodwaters, Beltsov said. Roads, bridges, rail lines and gas pipelines have sustained damage, and some 110 towns and villages are without electricity, he said.
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