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Floods wreak havoc in Romania

At least 16 people have died in rough storms and flooding which hit Romania in the past week, according to an interior ministry’s communique. Another two people were still reported missing on Sunday. The authorities evacuated more than 1,400 people from across the country. Thousands of homes are reported damaged.

This year Romania has suffered three waves of floods. These worst inundations in decades killed dozens of people and left thousands of homes and acres of farmland submerged. More than 1,000 km of roads have been flooded and thousands of wells contaminated, officials say.

Interior Minister Vasile Blaga said some 9,000 soldiers had been deployed to help those affected by the deluge.