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A local resident stands at a flooded house in Krimsk, about 1,200 kilometers (750 miles) south of Moscow, Russia, Sunday, July 8, 2012. The death toll from severe flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia has risen to at least 150. (AP Photo/Ignat Kozlov)

Fatal floods in Russia

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.