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Torrential rain causes widespread flooding in southwest Romania

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Hundreds of villagers in southwest Romania have been forced to flee their homes after heavy rain caused widespread flooding.

At least one person has been reported dead with three more are missing.

The small village of Vaideeni was among the worst hit with 210 people evacuated and several homes completely destroyed.

One woman cried: “I’ve seen this on TV many times and I wondered how it’s possible that water can take away people’s homes. I never thought it would happen to me.”

Romania’s interior ministry said 2,000 policemen had been deployed to help in the evacuations.

Rivers 200 kilometres west of the capital Bucharest broke their banks causing torrents of water to cascade across the land.

Weather forecasters said a “code red” would be enforced for the rest of the week with more heavy rains on the horizon.

In late May, neighbouring Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia were hit by the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago. At least 40 people were killed.

Video source: Youtube – Adrian Manalache