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More Than 6,000 Flee Flooding in Romania; Thousands More Prepare to Evacuate


More than 6,000 people have evacuated flood-stricken areas in southern Romania as emergency crews work to reinforce levees to hold back the rising waters of the Danube River.

Romanian officials said Wednesday at least 11 counties have been flooded, destroying at least 170 houses, damaging about 700 more.

Thousands are preparing to evacuate, as forecasters expect at least two more days of rain.

Heavy rains and melting snow have caused the Danube to flow at nearly twice its normal volume, causing some of the worst flooding in eastern Europe in years.

The floods have inundated tens of thousands of hectares of land across the region.

In recent days, Romanian officials have used controlled flooding to protect heavily-populated areas.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and Reuters.
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