At least 13 dead in heavy flooding in western Ukraine
At least 13 people, including 5 children, have lost their lives as a result of heavy rains and flooding in western Ukraine, with the government speaking of the heaviest flood disaster the country has seen in 100 years, the dpa reported.
A number of people are missing and flood damage is estimated at around 100 million euros (157 million dollars), the Interfax news agency quoted the Ukrainian government as saying.
The 1,400-kilometre-long Dniestr River has breached its banks in a number of areas, flooding nearby villages.
Moldova and its breakaway region of Transnistria have also been battling with floods.
In the Ukraine, the heaviest-hit regions have been Lviv and Chernovzy where 20,000 homes have been affected as well as dozens of bridges and several hundred kilometres of roads and passageways destroyed, the civil defence authorities said.
Thousands of people on the Dniestr River were evacuated, and crisis management crews on Sunday spoke of further evacuations planned.
Deputy Ukrainian Prime Minister Alexander Turchinov said the state reserves to repair the damage would not be enough, and called for urgent allocation of additional funds.
Meanwhil President Viktor Yushchenko was to embark Sunday on a tour to inspect the flood-hit areas, Kiev media reports said.