Floods kill 16 in eastern Europe
Heavy floods, the worst in a century according to Russia Today, have killed 16 people in western Ukraine and northern Romania.
Thirteen of those who died, including five children, were in Ukraine.
Hundreds of towns and villages on both sides of the border have been left without electricity and many bridges have been damaged.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko, who has been visiting the affected region, declared it a disaster area.
Persistent heavy rain near the Prut and Dniestr rivers caused floods that damaged more than 21,000 houses, and forced up to 8,000 people to leave their homes in Ukraine, the emergency ministry said.
In Romania, about 9,000 people from 200 villages were rescued, Reuters news agency reports.