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Flood misery continues across Europe

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Poland is bracing itself for another wave of floods that have been devastating large parts of the country for over a month.

During that time, some 20 people have been killed by flooding and 10,000 have been forced out of their homes mainly along the Vistula river.

Yet the Polish government is so far rejecting calls for it to declare a state of natural disaster. If it did so it would have to push back a presidential election set for June 20.

Heavy rainfall across central and eastern Europe has triggered similar scenes in Hungary and Slovakia, where mudslides and floodwater have caused extensive damage to property and roads.

And in Turkey, floods have claimed the life of at least one man, who was helping to evacuate houses in Istanbul when rising water swept him away.