Fatal Russian Flood likely caused by dam break
The flooding that killed over 170 people in Southern Russia this week was most probably caused by failure of a levee that supports a hydroelectric reservoir.
The Tsunami described by local residents and captured on video show much more than what rainfall alone can cause.
Google Earth Images of the area just north of the town of Kymsk show a large reservoir just five miles to the north and a series of reservoirs connected by waterways.
Heavy rains may have overwhelmed these man made shores that then burst and sent millions of gallons of water into the towns all at once.