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Flood in Kazakhstan leaves thousands without water

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ALMATY, March 24 (Reuters) - Thousands of people were left without fresh water in Kazakhstan on Monday after a major flood disrupted water supplies in the southwest of the Central Asian state, the Emergencies Ministry said.

Spring flooding is a recurring problem across Central Asia but an abrupt rise in temperatures following weeks of severe cold has exacerbated the problem this year.

The Kazakh Emergencies Ministry said in a statement that 10,000 people in the city of Uralsk near Kazakhstan's border with Russia had their water supplies cut off after a flood devastated a local sewage disposal system over the weekend.

Last month more than 12,000 people had to flee their homes in southern Kazakhstan after rain-swollen rivers swept away their houses, killing at least one person.

Kazakhstan, a former Soviet country the size of Western Europe, is Central Asia's biggest economy and home to some of the world's biggest oil and metals reserves.

(Writing by Maria Golovnina; Editing by Stephen Weeks)

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