Two Armenians were reportedly killed in devastating flash floods that hit Russia’s southern region, Krasnodar, late last week.
At least 171 people were killed and thousands remained without shelter as a result of what Russian authorities said was a natural calamity around the town of Krymsk on Friday night.
The Ministry of Emergency Situations reported on Sunday that among the victims were also two Armenians, who were residents of the Russian city of Novorossiysk. They were identified as Lidya S. Shahbazyan and Hovhannes G. Shahbazyan. No further details were reported.
Meanwhile, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan sent a telegram of condolences to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the massive loss of life as a result of the floods.
“At this difficult moment we are with the Russian people and ready to render any necessary assistance for overcoming the consequences of the tragedy,” wrote Sargsyan in his telegram, according to the presidential press service.
A national day of mourning has been declared in Russia today over the deaths in the Krasnodar region and a separate incident in which 14 Russian pilgrims were killed in a bus crash in Ukraine.