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Flood Waters Force Hundreds to Evacuate

July 30, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

Hundreds of people were evacuated from six villages as flood waters that had swamped much of southern Poland overwhelmed dikes, emergency workers said.

About 25 people have been killed by flooding and violent storms in Poland this month, including 12 since the situation worsened in the south last week. Thousands have been forced from their homes.

In the latest rescue operation, 1,800 people were evacuated from six villages after the Vistula River broke a 40-yard hole in saturated dikes in Zalesie Gorzyckie and a tributary flooded near Zlota, about 130 miles south of Warsaw, the capital.

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