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Death toll climbs in flooding

March 10, 2001

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— The death toll in intense flooding in western Ukraine rose, while thousands of troops and residents in neighboring Hungary raced to pile up sandbags to protect sodden villages from further onslaughts of water.

Residents described being afraid to go to sleep for fear of overnight inundations, and huddling on rooftops awaiting rescue as mud-brown torrents swirled below. At least 20,000 houses were flooded in at least 200 submerged villages in western Ukraine and northeastern Hungary.

A man trapped by the flood in his home receives food from rescue
workers cruising on board a military amphibious vehicle in
Vamosatya, 195 miles east of Budapest, Hungary. Help arrived for
him Friday. Since Tuesday the state of emergency has been in force
in the region of the upper reach of the Tisza river, which has been
suffering from massive floods this week.

A man trapped by the flood in his home receives food from rescue workers cruising on board a military amphibious vehicle in Vamosatya, 195 miles east of Budapest, Hungary. Help arrived for him Friday. Since Tuesday the state of emergency has been in force in the region of the upper reach of the Tisza river, which has been suffering from massive floods this week.

More than 35,600 people have been evacuated from Ukraine's Zakarpattia region since Tuesday because of heavy rains and melting snow that have overflowed rivers and burst dikes around the Carpathian Mountains, the Emergency Situations Ministry said.

The ministry said Thursday that two more bodies had been discovered, raising the flood's death toll to five.

More than 30 miles of highway and about five miles of railway were destroyed in the Ukrainian part of the flooded area, where workers used about 437,600 sand bags sent from neighboring regions.

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