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Last Updated: Sunday, 26 August 2007, 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Floods strand Romania villagers
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At least 1,400 villagers have been stranded in northern Romania amid heavy rains that caused rivers to overflow, killing a 19-year-old man.

The 17th-Century Sambata de Sus monastery was evacuated in the floods, which also cut power to 130 villages in the north and east of the country.

Six of Romania's 41 counties have been affected, with authorities warning that seven more counties were in danger.

The rain comes after three days of high temperatures of up to 40C.

In the villages of Moldovita and Vatra Moldovita, 1,400 villagers were stranded as flooding turned dirt roads into mud, local official Alexandru Baisanu told Associated Press news agency.

The 19-year-old man drowned when a car he was driving in fell into the Lucava River.

Swollen rivers also caused flooding in six towns in central Romania.

In Brasov county, tourists were evacuated from the Sambata de Sus monastery 200km (125 miles) north-west of the capital, Bucharest.


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