Romania battered by deadly storm

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By Tokunbo Salako  with REUTERS
Romania battered by deadly storm

Romania is bracing for more extreme weather after being hit by devastating storms over the weekend.

At least eight people were killed and nearly 70 others injured as severe storms battered western parts of the country.

Winds of up to 100kph wreaked havoc, causing damage to apartment buildings, hospitals and schools.

Road and rail traffic in many areas were disrupted and dozens of towns and villages have been left without power.

In Serbia, a search is continuing for a man who disappeared from his boat on the Danube river near Belgrade as the city was battered by torrential rains and gale force winds.

Six people, including a five-year-old child were hurt by falling trees.

Arcing from power lines, caused by the high winds, sparked several wildfires.

There were similar scenes in Croatia where heavy rains triggered flooding and brought traffic to a standstill in several coastal towns.