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Flooding kills 13 in western Romania

June 15, 1997

ORADEA, Romania (AP) _ Rain-swollen rivers burst their banks Sunday, sweeping away houses and killing at least 13 people in western Romania, according to news reports.

Another 10 people were reported missing. Floodwaters remained dangerously high, and more rain was forecast.

Private television PRO-TV said 13 people died, most of them in the village of Surplacu de Barcau, 280 miles northwest of Bucharest, where flood waters swept away two houses. The walls of at least one house collapsed, killing the inhabitants.

The Crisu Negru and the Barcau rivers near the Hungarian border burst their banks, destroying 40 homes. Mediafax news agency reported three villages and more than 100 farms were heavily damaged by flooding.

Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea sent a team to the city of Oradea, where several streets were under water, to coordinate rescue efforts. He promised to send funds to stricken families.

The government dispatched emergency supplies of bedding, food and bottled water, television reports said.

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