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Rescuers Evacuate Residents Following Deadly European Floods


Rescuers in countries across central and eastern Europe are evacuating residents as landslides and floods ravage the region, following four days of torrential rains in the Alps. Nearly 30 people have been killed.

Searches continue as rains ease in Austria where three people have died. At least 18 people have been killed in the last week in Romania, and four in Switzerland.

The rising waters and landslides have cut power, communications and transport. Rescue workers are using helicopters to evacuate residents of remote villages in Germany and Austria.

Meanwhile, cooler temperatures and higher humidity levels are helping firefighters battle a series of fires across northern and central Portugal. Several European nations have sent helicopters and planes to help the Portuguese fight the wildfires that have killed at least 15 people this year.

Some information for this report provided by AP, AFP and Reuters.