Sochi Calls State of Emergency After Russian Olympic City Floods

Russia declared a state of emergency in Sochi, the host city for the 2014 Winter Olympics, after torrential rains Thursday led to widespread flooding.

Rescue workers were deployed from neighboring cities to help cope with the downpour’s aftermath, the regional Emergencies Ministry said in a website statement. Pictures on social media showed submerged cars, travelers in Sochi’s airport terminal ankle-deep in water and an inundated Formula One track in the southern city.

Sochi, on Russia’s Black Sea coast, is a popular beach destination in the summer. The city received more than $40 billion in investment to bring the once shabby Soviet-era resort into condition to host the Olympics.

All three sectors of Sochi’s airport faced delays on Thursday, while traffic at one remains limited, the facility’s operator Basel Aero said. Flights that had been diverted have now arrived, the company said by e-mail. Russian Railways halted trains between Adler and Khosta due to flooding, according to a website statement.