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9/20/2007

Torrential Rains Ravage Slovenia

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Slovenians clean debris and wrecked cars after heavy floods in Zelezniki, some 60 kms northwest of Ljubljana. Four people died and four were still missing Wednesday, the day after the heaviest rains in 30 years hit Slovenia's northwest, causing flooding and mudslides, state radio said.

LJUBLJANA (AFP) — Four people died and four were still missing Wednesday, the day after the heaviest rains in 30 years hit Slovenia's northwest, causing flooding and mudslides, state radio said.

The rains, which dumped up to 300 litres of water per square metre in only a few hours in some places, were the heaviest registered in the last three decades, the Slovenian Defense and Rescue agency said.

The agency said that more than 350 houses had been flooded or damaged in the Gorenjska region and especially in the town of Zelezniki, some 60 kilometres northwest of Ljubljana, where the Sora river inundated the centre, carrying away more than 150 cars.

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