Floods disrupt Black Sea Port

Operations at the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiysk were interrupted by flooding during a storm, OAO Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port reported. Electrical power equipment was flooded and the port’s administration decided to shut port areas on July 7th. Oil and wheat loading were suspended.

By July 8th, oil loading at the port of Novorossiysk had resumed, according to OAO Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port.  Railroad traffic to the Black Sea coast, disrupted because of the flooding, also resumed, Russian Railways said in a statement on its website.

More than 150 people died in the floods in the Krasnodar region in Russia.  More than 12,000 people and about 5,200 homes were affected in the area on and near the Black Sea coast, the Emergency Ministry said in a statement on its website. Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a criminal investigation into the Krasnodar flooding.