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Polish deluge kills at least 15

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Polish deluge kills at least 15


At least 15 people are now reported to have died during week long extreme flooding in Poland, the worst to hit the country in more than a decade.

The economic cost is also mounting. It is now estimated at more than 2 billion euros.

Poland’s biggest river, the Vistula, is not thought to have experienced anything like this since 1884 as a huge tide of water moves northwards.

The situation was particularly bad on Monday in the village of Swiniary northwest of Warsaw, where water from the Vistula had punched a huge hole in a dyke.

Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes with reports many residents remain stranded.

While water levels peaked over the weekend schools in the capital remain shut as a precaution amid fears dykes could burst.

Many of Poland’s flood barriers are thought to be in very poor condition following a week of heavy rain and the army and police have been working tirelessly in an effort shore up defences along river banks.

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