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Romania flood death toll rises to 25

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Authorities in Romania say at least 25 people are known to have died in storms and heavy flooding in the country over the last week.

According to officials, 23 of the victims were killed by floodwater while two were fatally struck by lightning.

Romanian President Traian Basescu has been visiting some of the affected areas.

He assured residents whose houses have been destroyed that the government will send building materials. He also warned them that they would not be able to rebuild their homes in the same flood-prone areas, but would have to do so on plots assigned to them by the authorities.

Since the start of the recent floods last Monday, more than 16,500 people have had to evacuate their homes, although some have since been able to return.

Romania’s Interior Ministry says the economic cost will surpass 0.6 percent of the country’s GDP.