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Inland waters damage 850 homes

High ground waters and runoff from overflowing creeks and brooks following days of heavy rain have flooded towns and villages in Hungary's northern and eastern regions, damaging some 850 houses, a disaster management authority spokesman said on Saturday. The water put about 1,700 residential properties at risk and damaged about half of them, Tibor Dobson said. Thirty-seven people had to move out of their homes in Borsod and Békés counties. Though calculations are still underway, it is believed that the final repair costs will be in the hundreds of million forints, Dobson said.