In a message dated 08/30/2005 2:36:25 PM Central Daylight Time,
Romanian floods death toll rises to 14
20 Aug 2005 11:42:37 GMT
BUCHAREST, Aug 20 (Reuters) - The death toll from extensive floods across
Romania over the past four days has risen to 14, with more than 1,200 people
evacuated from their collapsing houses, the Interior Ministry said on
A 25-year-old man and two shepherds from northern Romania were killed by
lightning and two other men drowned in a swollen river in central Romania in
the last 24 hours.
Lightning killed four and three other people have drowned in southern
Romania in the past four days. A 9-year-old girl drowned in the northern
region of Botosani and an elderly villager was crushed under a collapsing
Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said floods destroyed 200 houses and damaged
some 5,500 others. As many as 33,000 hectares (81,540 acres) of farmland
were flooded and 88 villages remained without electricity.
The government has yet to estimate losses.
Torrential rains have swept across the Balkans for most of the summer,
killing dozens of people in Bulgaria and its neighbour Romania and causing
hundreds of millions of euros in damage to roads, bridges, railways and
About 30 people lost their lives in the worst floods in 50 years, which hit
Romania in April, May and in July.
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