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Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko leaves the home of a flood victim during his visit to the Ivano-Frankivsk region, close to the Romanian border. Heavy rains in western Ukraine have flooded large areas, leaving at least 13 people dead and forcing the evacuation of nearly 8,000 people. In the Ivano-Frankivsk region alone, some 21,000 homes are flooded.

-- Luke Allnutt

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