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In short:

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  • Residents of Orsk, severely hit by the disaster, are openly criticizing local authorities and demanding more substantial aid.
  • The incident has highlighted the long-standing issues with the dam's maintenance and the government's disaster response capabilities.

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In the face of more frequent and intense rainfall, dam failures are becoming the norm. What can be done with the underfunded relics?

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