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Record flooding in Croatia as storms batter Europe

Soldiers and members of the civil protection put up barriers as pumps clear water from a flooded parcel of land in Jasenovac, central Croatia, after the Sava river reached its historic record level of 361.4 inches) on Monday. Croatia is struggling with floods, which hit notably its central parts, caused by melting snow and recent heavy rain, cutting off several hundred people and flooding dozens of houses.
Soldiers and members of the civil protection put up barriers as pumps clear water from a flooded parcel of land in Jasenovac, central Croatia, after the Sava river reached its historic record level of 361.4 inches) on Monday. Croatia is struggling with floods, which hit notably its central parts, caused by melting snow and recent heavy rain, cutting off several hundred people and flooding dozens of houses. (AFP/Getty Images)

BUCHAREST — Emergency crews in Croatia struggled to contain a swollen river that reached record levels southeast of Zagreb on Monday, while soldiers distributed food and drinking water to a section of Albania that has been flooded for two weeks.

Croatian authorities said the Sava River by the town of Jasenovac exceeded the highest level previously recorded by about 4 inches. About a dozen houses in a nearby village were cut off.

Because residents have refused to leave their homes, emergency crews are delivering food and water by boat, Croatian state TV channel HRT said. The Sava is expected to rise more in the coming days, forecasters said.

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To the east, snow and freezing rain delayed dozens of flights and some trains in Romania amid a late cold snap. Snow also hit Germany, Hungary, and Britain, among other European nations.

In Albania, the defense ministry and local authorities reported that about 7,400 acres in the country’s northwest were flooded, and that 225 houses in the country- side were surrounded by water.

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