Friday, May 20, 2005


A Russian village was left baffled on Thursday after its lake disappeared overnight.

NTV television showed pictures of a giant muddy hole bathed in summer sun, while fishermen from the village of Bolotnikovo looked on disconsolately.


"I am thinking, well, America has finally got to us," said one old woman, as she sat on the ground outside her house.

Yeah lady... like we got nothin' better to do than to make your stupid lake dry up... Have another round on me! Vodka for everybody!

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Specialists arrived at the site of the incident and examined the bottom of the lake seeking possible victims. Luckily, there were no people near the lake when it was virtually emptied. Dmitry Zaitsev, the chief of the local firefighting brigade, said that a large number of trees had been sucked under the ground. "If a human being finds himself in the middle of such a disaster, there will be no chances for a person to survive," Zaitsev said.