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Melting Ice On Danube Wrecks Hundreds Of Boats, Sinks Landmark Nightclub
2012-02-21 05:43:01

Warming temperatures sent icebergs up to three feet thick crashing into hundreds of boats on the River Danube near Belgrade, whisking away several barges and sinking one of Belgrade's trademark floating restaurants, Alexander, according to witness accounts on Monday. The ice floes, which had closed large parts of the 1,800-mile-long waterway as the region fell under a record-setting two-week cold spell, began shifting Sunday afternoon due to rising temperatures. There were no reports of...

2006-04-25 09:34:18

By Aurora Martiniuc and Marius Zaharia BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Hundreds of Romanians were fleeing their homes in impoverished rural areas on Tuesday as rescue teams struggled to reinforce dikes holding back the swollen Danube river, officials said. Heavy rain and melting snow have swollen waterways and inundated vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this month, making thousands of people homeless. In Romania, the worst-hit country where tens of thousands of...

2006-04-23 12:27:36

By Aurora Martiniuc BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Rescuers and volunteers plugged cracked flood defences in southeastern Europe on Sunday, but many hoped relief was in sight with the Danube and other rivers expected to withdraw from century highs in coming days. Buoyed by rain and melting snow, swollen waterways have swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary in recent days, driving thousands to higher ground. In Romania, the worst-hit country, some 100 soldiers and...

2006-04-22 14:05:00

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Soldiers and volunteers battled floodwaters and evacuated people in southeastern Europe on Saturday, but officials were optimistic the Danube and other rivers would retreat from record-high levels in coming days. Fed by rain and melting snow, swollen waterways swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this week, driving over 10,000 people to higher ground. In Romania, the worst-hit country, authorities ordered the evacuation...

2006-04-21 11:28:02

By Radu Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania breached a major dike to divert floodwater threatening villages in the Danube delta, while Hungary evacuated thousands of people as swollen rivers spread more havoc across eastern Europe on Friday. Almost 8,000 people have fled their homes in the Balkans. Further north in Hungary, authorities evacuated 4,500 more from three towns near the confluence of the Tisza and Koros rivers. Authorities in Romania, the worst-hit country, tore a...

2006-04-18 08:00:00

By Bogdan Cristel BISTRET, Romania (Reuters) - Ten thousand Romanians faced evacuation on Tuesday as rescue workers raced to fix a broken dam on the Danube before the swelling river could flood their low-lying villages. The Danube continued to rise in southeast Europe after reaching its highest level in more than a century over the weekend, fed by heavy rains and melting snow. Thousands of hectares of farmland, as well as several ports and villages across the Balkans were already under water...

2006-04-17 11:29:58

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The Danube river broke through flood defenses in southeastern Europe on Monday, driving thousands of people from their homes along its banks in Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria, officials said. Swollen by heavy rain and melting snow from central Europe, the river hit its highest level in 111 years at the weekend, swamping ports and thousands of hectares (acres) of farmland. Authorities evacuated 3,200 people and more than 6,000 animals from the...

2006-04-12 10:57:46

BELGRADE (Reuters) - The Danube river rose to its highest levels in decades on Wednesday, driving people from their homes in northern Serbia and Romania and swamping Bulgaria's main river ports, officials said. In Serbia, the Danube and Sava rivers were still rising near the capital Belgrade, while the towns of Titel, Zabalj and Zrenjanin were threatened by the Tisa river, swollen from rain and melting snow from central Europe. Crews resorted to bringing sandbags by boat in pouring...

2006-04-12 07:40:00

BELGRADE -- Three towns in northern Serbia called for emegency measures to deal with floods on Wednesday, while levels in the Sava and Danube rivers in the capital Belgrade were close to record highs and still rising. The towns of Titel, Zabalj and Zrenjanin were threatened by floodwaters from the Tisa river, which flows from Hungary to join the Danube in Serbia's northern province of Vojvodina. Authorities were building new embankments and evacuating people from their homes. "We are really...

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  • Remarkable; prodigious.
  • Audacious; gutsy.
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  • Audaciously; boldly.
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This word is probably from the dialectal 'boldacious,' a blend of 'bold' and 'audacious.'