Heavy storms batter Russian resort

Dramatic videos show flash floods sweeping cars away in the Black Sea city of Sochi
Heavy storms batter Russian resort

Torrential rains continue to wreak havoc in Southern Russia, triggering disruptive flash floods and causing significant property damage. Authorities in the former Winter Olympics host city activated the emergency alarm system on Saturday night, warning residents to shelter at home but be ready for possible evacuations.

The emergency sirens were heard across Sochi around 11pm local time, as the storms battering the area for the second day intensified, causing more flooding and chaos in the streets.

Multiple videos shared online have shown the extent of the calamity, with one dramatic clip captured by a family trapped inside a half-flooded vehicle as it is being swept away along a major Donskaya street.

Further down the road, a number of people were reportedly trapped inside a bus, as rescue services rushed to help them and others caught off-guard in the open.

Emergency services spent Saturday dealing with the consequences of a similar Friday night storm, warning that the worst is likely yet to come. Authorities strongly advised the residents to avoid staying in the streets or using personal vehicles.

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