Thousands homeless as severe flood hits Kazakhstan
More than 12,000 people have fled their homes in Kazakhstan after rain-swollen rivers swept away houses and bridges, the emergencies ministry said on Tuesday.


Spring flooding is a recurring problem across Central Asia but a sudden rise in temperatures on February 20 following weeks of severe cold has exacerbated the problem this year.One person was killed in the floods and 12,700 others had to be evacuated from Kazakhstan's most populous region bordering Uzbekistan, the ministry said. (Reuters)