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Russia: Flash floods kill over 100 in southern Krasnodar (VIDEO) (UPDATE)

At least 100 people are confirmed dead after sudden floods hit Krasnodar, southern Russia.

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This still from a YouTube video shows men being dragged from the floodwaters with a rope. (Russia Today/YouTube/Screengrab)

At least 100 people have been killed by sudden flooding in southern Russia.

Torrential rains began late yesterday and have flooded hundreds of homes, shut off power, and brought transport to a halt across the Krasnodar region north of the Black Sea, RIA Novosti reported.

"Nobody remembers such a flood in all (of the area's) history," said regional governor Aleksandr Tkachyov, quoted by the Associated Press

The death toll has risen from 78 to at least 103, and is likely to rise as more bodies are found, he said.

According to Reuters, the amount of rainfall the region would usually get in two months fell in the space of just a few hours.

"People are on the street, they are at a loss what to do," one resident told the news wire from the village of Novoukrainsky. "Helicopters are flying overhead, they are evacuating people from the flooded areas. The floods are really, really huge."

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Some 13,000 people have been affected by the flooding, according to figures from the regional administration cited by the BBC, and at least 92 people have died around Krymsk, reportedly the worst-hit town.

Thousands of homes are without power after authorities shut off power substations out of safety concerns. According to RIA, five people were fatally electrocuted when a transformer fell into floodwaters in the city of Gelendzhik.

Trains have had to be suspended since the tracks are half a meter underwater, Reuters said, while shipments of crude oil and grain from Russia's main Black Sea port, Novorossiisk, have been cut. 

There is also concern for the safety of tourists in the region, which according to Russia Today is a popular area for camping.

Over 1,500 Emergency Ministry officials are currently working to aid victims of the flood and to clear the debris, according to the AP.  

RT has video of the floods: