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Death toll rises to 14 from flooding in southern Russia

By the CNN Wire Staff
  • 12 remain missing, according to regional governor's office
  • Torrential rains in mountainous areas cause rivers to overflow, flooding more than 20 villages
  • People began returning to their homes on Sunday, state media reported

Moscow, Russia (CNN) -- Flooding in the southern Russian region of Krasnodar has killed 14 people, the office of the regional governor reported Monday.

Another 12 people remain missing, according to the RIA Novosti news agency and the Krasnodar regional governor's website. A local official said a pregnant woman is among the dead, according to state media.

Torrential rains in mountainous areas caused rivers to overflow, flooding more than 20 villages, RIA Novosti said. About 300 people, including 70 children, were evacuated.

On Sunday, state media reported the situation had stabilized and people were returning to their homes.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered Regional Development Minister Viktor Basargin to assess the damage caused by the flooding and take measures to help those affected.

Krasnodar Territory Gov. Alexander Tkachev said the flooding damage will be worth several hundred million rubles (more than $10 million) and pledged to pay compensation for the disaster as soon as possible, according to RIA Novosti.

CNN's Maxim Tkachenko contributed to this report.