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Ukraine: Worst Floods in 200 Years

Ukraine
Severe floods in western Ukraine have claimed the lives of 30 people and left nearly 20,000 homeless, Minister of Emergency Situations Volodymyr Shandra said Thursday.

Speaking at a special session of parliament, the minister said 23 people were drowned, three were struck by lightning, another three were electrocuted and the last one died in a landslide.

A total of 767 residential areas were flooded, 553 automobiles and 728 bridges damaged, and 660 km of roads washed away in western Ukraine, said Shandra.

In addition, 349 towns and villages were without electricity, the minister said.
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