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Russian World Cup city Nizhny Novgorod hit by heavy flooding

The Russian city that will host England’s next World Cup match against Panama suffered dramatic flooding after fierce thunderstorms struck on Tuesday.
Fans had been relaxing on the banks of the Volga River, which runs through Nizhny Novgorod, when the balmy sunshine suddenly gave way to torrential rain.
Cars and buildings were left almost completely submerged as the city’s mediaeval streets were rapidly turned into rivers.
One man was pictured wading through waist-high water to rescue women trapped inside cars and carry them to safety.
Nizhny Novgorod, about 250 miles east of Moscow, is hosting four World Cup games including England versus Panama on Sunday.
It comes after the England team hotel was swarmed by vicious arctic mosquitoes on the eve of their first game against Tunisia in Volgograd.
Players were also armed with repellent before the game and could be seen regularly swatting away the blood-sucking insects throughout.
The Three Lions’ final match against Belgium will take place in Kaliningrad, located 824km away from the team’s base in Repino. Kaliningrad is part of the Russian enclave between Lithuania and Poland

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