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Romanian floods claim sixth victim

A car travels on a flooded road to Jucu village in the Cluj county, the central Transylvania region of Romania, on June 23, 2010. In Cluj county, the most affected, a 84-year-old woman from the village of Apahida drowned in the courtyard of her house. A young man of 23 years was swept away by the flood while he was in a car near the village of Morlac and has not been found. The two other passengers in the vehicle were rescued by the police and firefighters, local officials said. More than 300 houses in this department have been affected by the floods and several bridges and hundreds of hectares of farmland. Photo courtesy AFP.
by Staff Writers
Bucharest (AFP) June 28, 2010
A woman drowned in northern Romania, authorities said Monday, bringing to six the death toll from floods that have submerged parts of the country for the past week.

Authorities in the northern department of Suceava found the body of the 54-year-old woman who was swept by waters when she was leading her cows back home from pasture, a spokesman for the emergency situations inspectorate said.

Rescuers had been searching for her since Saturday.

On Monday, over 1,500 homes and more that 9,500 hectares of pastures, forests and farmlands were flooded in 73 villages and towns across the country.

Last week, the floods claimed the lives of five people. Road and railway traffic were disrupted and over 500 people evacuated during over the weekend.

Authorities issued top-level flood warnings in two northern departments until Tuesday afternoon.

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