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State Of Emergency As Parts Of Croatia Flood

There was massive flooding in northwest Croatia overnight after the banks of the Drava River could not hold back a huge flood wave, putting some 60 houses under water and evacuating many parts of the region.

The worst effected area was the village of Virje Otok where more than 60 homes were flooded when the wave hit at around 4am from Slovenia. The wave produced some 2800 cubic meters of water per second, a record, but in some areas it was up to 3300 cubic meters and the banks simply gave way.

78 people in total have been evacuated from the area as of Tuesday morning as water levels started to recede but a state of emergency has been declared upstream from Varazdin where the flood wave is expected to hit today. The wave is expected to pass through the capital Zagreb at around 5pm today.

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