A rolling wall of water descended last night on the small village of Nurlaty in the Zelenodolsk district of Tatarstan, Volga area, not far from Kazan, the capital of the republic. The water flooded about a hundred and a half private houses. The flood waters had broken through a derelict dam on a small river that did not even have a name. The dam is situated within a kilometre of the village. The flooding had raised the water level in the upstream pond by almost 1.5 metres. As luck would have it, there were no casualties among village residents. But many suffered losses in livestock and poultry. Nurlaty was left without electricity, telephone communications and gas. The district administration set up a staff to wipe out the effects of the flooding. In general, the flood situation in Tatarstan remains calm, Valery Vlasov, the republic's emergencies minister, told this RIA correspondent. The reason the water was not drained from the old pond is now being identified.
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