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4 die in flooding in southern Romania

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Romanian authorities say four people have died and 250 were evacuated after heavy rain and flooding hit southern areas over the weekend.

Interior Minister Gabriel Oprea said an 80-year-old man in the southern county of Olt died after a mudslide hit his home and another man in a village near Bucharest also died in the floods. He later said another person died and two people were unaccounted for.

Emergency services spokeswoman Madalina Epure said a 13-year-old boy had been found dead Monday having been swept away by floodwaters. Emergency services carried out about 550 rescue operations. Waters subsided later Monday and 35 villages remained flooded in southern Romania. Worst affected were three southern counties that lie along the Vedea River.

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