Sixty-four people missing after a flood at Russia's largest hydro-electric dam are most likely dead, its owner said on Tuesday, indicating a final death toll far higher than the 12 confirmed so far.
"Finding anyone alive in the flood zone is unlikely, but the search continues," Vasily Zubakin, the chairman of state-controlled hydro-power company RusHydro (HYDR.MM), said through a spokesman.
He said 64 people were unaccounted for after a turbine room flooded at the Sayano-Shushenskaya dam early on Monday.
The deputy chief physician at the local hospital said the death toll from the accident had risen to 12, up from a figure of ten given on Tuesday night by the emergencies ministry.
"In our morgue we have 11 bodies that have already been identified by relatives.
Another body has yet to be identified," the physician, Yury Pedchenko, told.
Amateur video of the accident wa
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