Ukraine Floods Kill 18

KIEV— Floods described by a senior government official as the worst in a century have killed 18 people in western Ukraine and four in neighboring Romania, officials said on Sunday.

Ukraine's Emergencies Ministry said water levels were dangerously high on the Prut and Dnestr rivers after five days of nonstop rain. More than 20,000 homes have been flooded and 7,000 people evacuated, many by boat or helicopter, it said.

At least five of the dead were children and two had been struck by lightning, the ministry said. Two people were missing.

Television footage showed houses cut off by rising waters, rescuers moving down flooded streets on inflatable rafts and roads falling into rushing rivers.