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10-Year-Old Bread Arrives As Aid

December 31, 1998

PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) _ It wasn’t quite the help they were looking for.

A truck full of bread baked in 1988 arrived as humanitarian aid last week in a village destroyed by floods last year, the CTK news agency reported Thursday.

The German truck, sent to the village of Troubky, 180 miles east of Prague, was supposed to contain furniture and old clothing. Instead, it was loaded with bread normally used by soldiers in war conditions.

``We couldn’t believe our own eyes when we opened the truck,″ Deputy Mayor Radek Brazda said.

The bread was eventually used to feed poultry, Brazda said, although some people tried it and said it ``tasted good.″

Troubky was hit hard by massive floods in the summer of 1997. Nine people died and 330 houses _ almost half the village _ were swept away.

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