April 12 2000Floods swamp Romania
At least seven people have been killed in Romania by floods, while in eastern Hungary a state of emergency has been declared after hundreds were forced to evacuate their homes and many villages were cut off. A state of emergency has also been declared in northern Serbia. Hungary's second-largest river, the Tisza, surpassed last year's record height. Nearly 9,000 people were working to strengthening dykes in central Hungary. Some 140 miles of rail lines have been seriously damaged. The Government announced that it has allocated £85 million for flood alleviation. It is launching a massive ten-year project to solve the country's flood problems, the minister responsible, Kalman Katona, said.