Flash floods caused by torrential rain have swept the southern Russian Krasnodar region, killing 134 people, officials say.
The floods, the worst there in living memory, struck at night, reportedly without warning.
TV pictures showed people scrambling onto their rooftops to escape.
President Vladimir Putin has flown over the region by helicopter and has had emergency talks with officials in the worst-hit town of Krymsk.
Most of those who died were in and around Krymsk, a town of 57,000 people. But nine deaths were reported in the Black Sea resort of Gelendzhik with a further two in the port town of Novorossiysk.
Russian TV showed thousands of houses in the region almost completely submerged and police said many of the victims were elderly people who had been asleep at the time.
"Our house was flooded to the ceiling," Krymsk pensioner Lidiya Polinina told the Agence France-Presse news agency.
"We broke the window to climb out. I put my five-year-old grandson on the roof of our submerged car, and then we somehow climbed up into the attic."
Dozens of people are reportedly missing, and there are fears that the death toll will rise further.
Emergency teams have been sent from Moscow by plane and helicopter.
Crude oil shipments from Novorossiysk have been suspended.
By: Dima Hugo
In: Regional News
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Location: Krymsk, Krasnodarskiy kray, Russia (load item map)
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