Danube floods easing in Romania, Bulgaria

April 21, 2006 at 5:42 PM
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BUCHAREST, Romania, April 21 (UPI) -- The swollen Danube River has receded slightly in Romania and Bulgaria, with foreign and domestic aid being shipped to the flooded regions.

But downstream the river continued to rise and some areas have been hit by landslides as well, the Sofia News Agency said Friday.

The International Red Cross in Switzerland has provided money to purchase food, tents and blankets for the flood victims in Romania and Bulgaria, while Austria and other countries have sent sandbags to shore up riverbanks.

The Danube is the border between Bulgaria and Romania and the area has been battered by weeks of rain and warm temperatures that added melting snow to the river.

The flooding is expected to continue to subside over what is one of the holiest periods of Orthodox Christianity.

The Interior Ministry in Bucharest announced it will offer thousands of homeless traditional holiday meals for the Christian Orthodox Easter Sunday, the Bucharest Daily News said.

Opposition parties this week in Sofia proposed a vote of no-confidence in the government of Prime Minister Sergey Stanishev, accusing it of corruption involving aid funding for floods in 2005 and failure to prepare for the current round of flooding. The vote failed, the Bulgarian News Agency said.

Corruption has been an issue for Bulgaria's proposed entry into the EU in January 2007.

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