Sandbag crisis in Europe floods

Tuesday, 18 April, 2000

More isolated communities in Hungary are being evacuated because of days of flooding -- the worst on record.

A week-long state of emergency has been extended around the River Tisza, where rising water levels following heavy rain have already led to more than seventeen-hundred people being taken to temporary shelters.

The authorities say they're importing sand-bags from as far away as the United States because local supplies have run out.

Floods have also hit northern Serbia, where rising river waters have been diverted onto fields, ruining crops in order to protect towns.

But floodwaters in Romania have begun to receed.

More floods are being expected because winter snow is still melting.

From the newsroom of the BBC World Service

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