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A woman takes video of the flood in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik, southern Russia, Saturday, July 7, 2012. Intense flooding in the Black Sea region of southern Russia killed 103 people after torrential rains dropped nearly a foot of water, forcing many to scramble out of their beds for refuge in trees and on roofs, officials said Saturday. (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.