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Heatwave grips Balkans, kills five in Romania

The Balkans
July 18, 2007

BUCHAREST, July 18 (Reuters) - Five Romanians died this week as a heatwave gripped parts of the Balkans where temperatures have hit 42 degrees Celsius (108 Fahrenheit), causing wild fires, power shortages and traffic disruption.
Off the coast of Croatia, even sea temperatures were expected to hit a record 30 degrees in the coming days.
"We have five people who died of heat. The heatwave could last until July 27," Romanian Health Minister Eugen Nicolaescu told reporters.
A previous heatwave in June claimed the lives of 30 people in the Black Sea state over a two-week period and scorched thousands of hectares of farmland, badly hitting the country's cereal crop.
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