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500 people evacuated from three regions in Hungary

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Budapest (dpa) - Around 500 people were evacuated Wednesday from three flooded regions in Hungary as the Tisza River reached a record level of 10.42 metres in the Szolnok area, reports said.

Another 3,700 inhabitants from the towns of Tiszayeno, Tiszamarkony and Vezseny refused to leave their homes, according to the reports.

The Tisza river was 67 centimetres above the record level recorded last year, according to the authorities.

Some 20,000 helpers, including 8,600 soldiers, policemen and firemen, were working round the clock to secure storage dams, the Budapest Nepszabadsag newspaper reported.

Experts said the fight against the floods could take another two to three weeks because water levels were only falling gradually and some dams might not withstand the pressure.

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