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Russia: Death Toll In Floods Reaches 55

Moscow, 12 August 2002 (RFE/RL) -- The death toll from flooding that swept through Russia's Black Sea coast has risen to 55, according to information released yesterday by Krasnodar Krai's Emergency Situations Ministry. Meanwhile, in southern Germany it rained again on 11 August, adding to troubles in areas around already swollen rivers that have caused significant damage. Bavaria and Baden-Wuerttemberg states both declared emergencies as weekend rains washed out roads, caused landslides, and flooded homes.

In Austria, a dam burst last night in the town of Zwettl. The Austria Press Agency reported 50 to 60 houses were submerged. It said floodwaters fed by torrential rains were rising at a rate of five centimeters every 10 minutes.

A total of 65 people, including those in Russia, have died in floods throughout Europe in the past week.