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Heavy rains trigger more floods in Europe.

Rescue workers piled sandbags to hold back surging floodwaters today and evacuated hundreds of people from alpine valleys in Austria and southern Germany as heavy rains and landslides battered central and southern Europe.

Five people were reported dead yesterday in storm-related accidents in Austria, Bulgaria and Switzerland. Thundering torrents of water surged along riverbanks in many regions, causing millions of pounds in damage.

'The situation is very serious,' said Doris Ita, the head of Austria's flood emergency department. 'We have no communications with Vorarlberg, because mudslides cut off two main lines.'

In a dramatic rescue in the southern province of Carinthia, firefighters saved a 72-year-old woman whose car was perched for two hours at a 45-degree angle into surging waters.

She suffered shock, but no other injuries, police said.

Torrential monsoon rains triggered mudslides in the capital of Assam state in north-eastern India yesterday, killing seven people and injuring 10 others, police said.

Those killed were poor workers living illegally in mud huts on hill slopes in Gauhati, the capital of Assam, said a police officer.

Heavy downpours, which lashed the city for nearly two hours, flooded hundreds of homes in low-lying areas and left hundreds of cars stranded in water-logged streets.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Aug 25, 2005
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