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Europe Slowly Recovers from Ravaging Floods

Water levels are receding in east and central Europe after several days of flooding caused by heavy rains in the Alpine regions that killed more than 40 people.

Authorities in the Swiss capital, Berne, are not allowing residents to return to their homes because of the danger of additional floods as weakened dams on brimming lakes upstream give way. The floodwaters and landslides have cut power, communications and transport.

Water levels also began dropping on the Danube River as it flows through Germany and Austria.

Hardest hit was Romania with 31 victims, many of whom drowned as torrents of water rushed into their homes. Officials say floods across Romania this year have killed 67 people and caused nearly $2 billion in damage.