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Instructions to regional authorities in Kabardino-Balkaria following mudslide in the region

August 16, 2017

Vladimir Putin heard a telephone report from Head of the Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria Yury Kokov on the current situation in the disaster zone. The President asked the regional authorities to take all necessary measures to swiftly repair city infrastructure and provide assistance to the population.

The area around the town of Tyrnyauz in Kabardino-Balkaria’s Elbrus District was hit by a mudslide on August 14. The mudslide continued its movement on following day, leading to a partial blocking of the Baksan River and a subsequent rise in water level. More than four hundred people were evacuated from the town due to the threat of flooding. Experts studying the area say that a further mudslide is possible.

August 16, 2017