Severe Weather Disaster Compounded by Poor Public Decisions – Krymsk Edition

In what looks like another example of what may be the paradigm of the coming century, an absurd amount of rain fell in the hills of southwestern Russia above the Black Sea causing flash flooding, especially in the town of Krymsk. Russia’s environmental monitoring service, said Friday’s rains swelled nearby rivers with the equivalent of six months’ average precipitation.

Over a hundred fatalities appear to have ensued, as authorities neglected to issue an evacuation warning, despite the risk being known in advance. Presumably the risk of a false positive weighed too heavily on the people in the position to raise the alarm. The resulting contempt for the government is compellingly described in a New York Times story on the event.

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