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2009-04-29 14:56:04

Bulgaria must secure $5 billion to start building a nuclear power plant with two 1,000-megawatt reactors at Belene on the Danube River, an engineer said. Djurica Tankosic, an architect-engineer for WorleyParsons Ltd., which works on the Belene plant project, urged the Bulgarian government to find funds as soon as possible to avoid delays in construction, scheduled to begin this year, the Bulgarian Sofia news agency SNA said Wednesday. Tankosic singled out two sources the Bulgarian government...

2006-04-30 07:55:00

BUCHAREST -- Romania is struggling to prevent a humanitarian disaster after floods around the Danube river this month left at least 4,000 homeless, authorities said on Sunday. Large swaths of land and hundreds of houses along the river, Europe's second-longest, remain under water after weeks of flooding and 14,000 Romanians are still displaced, living in improvised shelters, military tents or with relatives. "Around 30 percent of the displaced people have no place to go and are staying in...

2006-04-28 08:48:26

By Radu Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The flood risk from the swollen Danube eased throughout Romania on Friday, allowing hundreds of villagers to return home, but officials said the threat of more floods persisted if dikes burst. Large regions of southern Romania along the Danube remain under water after weeks of flooding and some 14,000 villagers are still displaced. "People from several villages in the Dolj and Calarasi county are returning to their houses as flooding risk...

2006-04-26 22:48:12

By Bogdan Cristel SPANTOV, Romania (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians have fled low-lying areas of the Danube basin in the last 24 hours as the river overwhelmed flood defenses to swamp towns, villages and farmland, officials said on Wednesday. Europe's second-longest river -- swollen by rain and the spring run-off -- has swept across hundreds of thousands of hectares in central and southeastern Europe this month forcing people on the Danube's flood plains out of their homes. More...

2006-04-26 08:12:25

By Bogdan Cristel SPANTOV, Romania (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians fled low-lying areas of the Danube basin over the last 24 hours as the river overwhelmed flood defenses to swamp roads and farmland, government officials said on Wednesday. Europe's second-longest river -- swollen by rain and the spring run-off -- has swept over vast tracts of land in central and southeastern Europe this month. The flooding has forced thousands of people living on the Danube's flood plains out 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...

2006-04-25 03:33:24

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Hundreds of Romanians faced evacuation on Tuesday as rescue teams struggled to reinforce dikes holding back the swollen Danube river, officials said. 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 hectares are submerged, some 2,840 people have moved to high ground since Sunday after...

2006-04-24 14:18:27

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians fled their homes overnight and thousands more faced the same fate on Monday when the swollen river Danube breached waterlogged dikes and threatened to break through more defenses. The evacuations dashed hopes that the worst was over as Europe's second-longest river retreated more slowly than expected from its highest levels in a century. Fed by rain and melting snow, swollen waterways have swamped vast tracts of land in...

2006-04-24 07:09:17

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians were evacuated overnight when the swollen Danube burst several waterlogged dikes and officials said on Monday more defenses could break as flood waters retreated more slowly than expected. The evacuations countered the hopes of local authorities that the worst may be over as Europe's second longest river had begun to recede from its highest level for a century. Fed by rain and melting snow, swollen waterways have...

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...


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