Hungary: evacuations continue as floods break records

(BBC, 11-04) - One hundred and twenty-five people have been evacuated in Szabolcs-Szatmar-Bereg county (northeastern Hungary) where 3,300 flood defence workers are fighting what has been termed "a once-in-500-years flood" along the upper stretches of the Tisza river and tributaries.

Downstream, at the popular Tiszaliget resort, all the residents had to leave their homes, leaving behind property worth billions of forints.

At a news conference in Tokaj (northeastern Hungary) on Monday [10th April], Water Management Minister Kalman Katona confirmed that the government intends to launch a 10-year dike building program to prevent future floods from causing disasters.

The minister said some Ft 60 billion [one dollar is about Ft 270 ] were needed to set up defenses for endangered areas throughout the country.

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