Search for missing three-year-old in Romanian floods

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Search for missing three-year-old in Romanian floods

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Search and rescue teams have been wading through flood waters in eastern Romania. A three-year-old is missing and his uncle dead after a surge of water struck their village. It is believed the man died trying to save his nephew from the rising waters in the village of Buhaeni.

Media sources report the mayor as saying thirty houses had been partially flooded after heavy rains battered the region.

In the south-east of the country dozens of homes were caught in the deluge and crops were flooded. Across Romania authorities have been on alert because of heavy rains and storms.

In east Germany the rain has eased but not the problems caused by the flood waters. The peak wave is expected to reach Hamburg late on Wednesday. It is understood the Chancellor Angela Merkel will oversee the setting up of an emergency fund of eight billion euros for the worst hit areas where tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes.

The cost of the floods could reach 12 billion euros of which insurers could cover up to three billion, according to the ratings agency Fitch.

Dykes remain vulnerable while vaccinations are to made available to people susceptible to infection when the waters subside.