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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...

2006-04-24 10:21:25

By Martin Dokoupil BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Thousands of Romanians were evacuated overnight when the swollen Danube river breached several waterlogged dikes, and officials said on Monday more defenses could burst. 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 Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and...

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...


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