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Europe hard hit by heavy rains and flooding

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Europe hard hit by heavy rains and flooding


At least 10 people – most of them children – have been killed in flooding in southeastern Turkey in the past 24 hours. Several are still missing. They are the latest victims of flooding caused by heavy rain which has hit the region since the weekend.

Many houses have been destroyed. The army has been mobilised to evacuate dozens of people caught in their homes and schools have been shut for two days.

Central and northern Europe have also been hit by the bad weather following an Indian summer that lasted well into October.

In the Netherlands, the army tried to rescue some 100 horses after they became stranded on a piece of high land which was flooded in the first big storm of the season.

Germany, too, was hit by a sudden drop in temperatures which caused road accidents and traffic jams.

Further north, in Sweden and in Finland, early snow left thousands without electricity and caused chaos on the roads.

A Swedish cargo ship caught in the storm went down in the Baltic Sea. And in Denmark, a passenger ferry was stranded at sea as it waited for calmer conditions to dock in Copenhagen harbour.

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