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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...

2006-04-22 09:07:53

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST, April 22 - Soldiers and volunteers continued to battle floodwaters and evacuate people in southeastern Europe on Saturday, but officials were optimistic the Danube and other rivers would retreat from record-high levels in the 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 Hungary, 1,200 troops and as many...

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...

2006-04-16 07:30:00

By Beti Bilandzic BELGRADE (Reuters) - The Danube threatened to spill over soaked anti-flood defenses in Serbia's capital and wash through towns across southeastern Europe on Sunday after heavy rains helped push it to its highest levels in a century. The river, fed by heavy rain and melting snow in central Europe, rose to a 111-year record high on Saturday, displacing hundreds of people across the Balkans and putting tens of thousands more at risk. A bottleneck at Serbia's narrow Djerdap...

2006-04-13 11:06:43

By Nikolay Doychinov LOM, Bulgaria (Reuters) - The Danube hit record high levels in the Balkans on Thursday, sending soldiers and disaster workers scrambling to evacuate people and stem flooding along its banks, officials said. Bulgaria's government declared a state of emergency along the Danube's southern bank, while in Serbia's capital, the mayor called for the evacuation of a suburb near the Sava river. "No evacuations have started yet, but we have told people if it is...

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...

2005-12-03 18:23:34

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - New cases of bird flu have been detected in a Romanian village outside the Danube delta where the deadly H5N1 strain was first discovered in October, officials said late on Saturday. The first bird flu case outside the delta occurred on November 26 in the village of Scarlatesti, about 70 miles from the delta, and samples were sent to a British laboratory to determine whether it was the highly pathogenic H5N1 strain. An official from Braila county, in southeast...


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