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At Least 50 Dead in Moldova Floods

August 29, 1994| Times Wire Services

KISHINEV, Moldova — Severe flooding in the former Soviet republic of Moldova has killed at least 50 people and caused massive damage, Prime Minister Andrei Sangheli said Sunday.

The central part of the republic has already been declared a disaster zone, and the death toll appears likely to rise as rescuers reach more villages.

About 2,000 houses were damaged, roads were destroyed, hundreds of cattle drowned and crops were ruined in central and southern Moldova as a result of heavy rains, Deputy Prime Minister Valeriu Bulgari said.

Bulgari estimated the damage at $50 million, the Russian Interfax news agency reported.

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