The rain has now stopped in Altai and, with temperature of 40 degrees C., houses are drying out and the repair/rebuilding work can begin...or could begin if the Altai people had any resources. According to local sources, Russian federal disaster funds will provide an average of about $1000/household. This is completely insufficient to address the problem. On top of this, the means for receiving aid has been corrupted, so that those who were flooded out may not get anything, while others with no flooding are receiving the federal subsidy. Svetlana Katynova, our local project leader is working on this issue.
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