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Polish deluge kills at least 15

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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.