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Heavy storms pound central Europe

2011-07-21 16:39

Warsaw - Heavy thunderstorms and strong winds have pounded Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic, tearing the roofs off homes and bringing down trees.

In Poland, one woman was killed when part of a roof collapsed on her, and five other people were injured.

Firefighters said on Thursday that the storm that hit Poland overnight damaged more than 180 roofs and brought down power lines and more than 1 000 trees. It also flooded streets and basements in many places.

In the Czech Republic, dozens of children had to be evacuated on Thursday from several summer camps after a day of heavy rains soaked the ground, raising the risk of floods.

Rivers reached dangerous levels in some parts of the Czech Republic, especially in the northern Liberec region near the border with Poland, and meteorologists warned there is a danger of flooding.

Polish fire brigade spokesperson Pawel Fratczak said a woman in her 30s was killed in the central Polish town of Kolodziaz, northeast of Warsaw, when a fragment of a roof fell on her.

He said five people were also injured, including three people who were in a tent when parts of a tree fell on them.

More storms are expected through Friday.

Comments
  • Crispy_Duck - 2011-07-21 16:57

    La Nina says "Hi"!

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