OAO Russian Railways extended a stoppage of grain transportation to terminals in the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk until July 18 to avoid delays, Dmitry Pertsev, a spokesman for the company, said today by phone in Moscow.
The company halted grain shipments to the port on July 9 after flooding damaged a bridge, and diverted rail-cars to Tuapse, another Black Sea port.
Flash floods in the southern Krasnodar region killed 172 people over the weekend of July 7 and slowed the movement of rail-cars. OAO Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port said July 9 it had to use grain from its silo to load ships.
The flooding didn’t affect grain crops, Krasnodar’s regional agriculture ministry said on July 11.
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