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Friday, 9 August, 2002, 13:37 GMT 14:37 UK
In pictures: Floods hit Europe
Torrential rains in southern Russia have submerged villages and swept cars and holiday homes into the sea, killing at least 18 people in the process.

Severe flooding has also been reported across the Czech Republic, Austria and Romania.

Russian flood scene
A state of emergency has been declared in the Russian city of Novorossiysk

Russian flood scene
The area is a busy resort region at the height of the holiday season

Russian flood scene
Thousands of holiday-makers have been stranded

Russian flood scene
At least six people are still missing

A firefighter (R) delivers bread and water to people who remain in their flooded houses in Lower Austria
Rising waters have isolated several towns in northern Austria

Water falls through the open floodgates of the Rimov dam on the Malse river, south Bohemia
In the Czech Republic's southern Bohemia region, rivers burst their banks

A damaged house in danger of collapsing in the province of Upper Austria
Austrian authorities are calling the floods the worst since records began

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