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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 July 2007, 15:55 GMT 16:55 UK
Romania faces heatwave emergency
Vaslui well
Villagers who rely on wells are worst hit
Romania is sweltering in a new heatwave, which has dried up village wells and caused traffic disruption.

Temperatures have soared to 38C and are set to reach 40C towards the end of the week. The heat is ruining crops.

It is the second heatwave to hit Romania this year. The previous one in June killed more than 20 people.

The worst-hit areas are rural counties in the south and east. The authorities have sent emergency water supplies from the cities.

Mogosesti village
Firemen bring water to villagers in Mogosesti, north-east Romania
In some counties officials estimate that more than three-quarters of the crops have been ruined.

Few villagers can afford insurance and government compensation schemes cannot cover their losses.

The authorities have also ordered train drivers to reduce their speed by 20-30 km/h (12-20 mph), to avoid derailments.

At least one person's death has been attributed to the heat.


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