Flooding forces thousands to flee

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The Independent Online

Thousands of firefighters and soldiers are strengthening dykes that are crumbling in a second wave of massive flooding in southern Poland following weeks of torrential rains.

Some 3,000 people have been evacuated from eight villages after the Vistula river spilled over near Szczucin, where massive flooding first hit in May. The Vistula was also inundating the streets and houses in a part of Sandomierz, after dykes repaired after the May flooding, succumbed. Some villages are cut off completely. More rain is forecast.