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Flooding still critical in northeastern Hungary

Flood-protection efforts continued on Monday night in northeastern Hungary, where heavy rain has caused flooding over the past few days, senior defense-committee official Colonel Imre Böjti told MTI on Tuesday morning.

Over 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in the region, Colonel Böjti said.

About 2,500 people are involved in flood-control operations aimed at reinforcing dams and protecting jeopardized buildings with sandbags, Colonel Böjti added.

Unprecedented flooding on the Bódva River burst the upper section of a dam close to the centre of Edelény. Hundreds of people, including firemen, have been mobilized to control flooding in the town.

Over 50 roads, including highway M3, have been closed to traffic in Hungary due to flooding and landslides.

Insurance companies put the damage incurred just over the weekend to around HUF 4 billion. (MTI-Econews)