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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Thousands Flee Flooding in Western Ukraine

KIEV - More than 7,000 people have fled their homes in the Carpathian Mountains in western Ukraine to escape rising floodwaters, the Emergency Ministry said Tuesday.

Authorities said the river Tissa near the Hungarian border had reached record levels, bursting its banks in several locations as a rapid thaw released millions of gallons of floodwater into the valleys.

Officials said the flooding was likely to worsen over the next couple of days as the warmer weather continued. At least 10 homes have been destroyed.

Television footage showed residents of the village of Zarychcha wading knee-deep through muddy floodwater.

"We have no gas, no drinking water and no one has come to help us," Marta Chedrych, a village residents said.

The mountainous region saw its worst flooding in 1998 when 10 people died and more than 24,000 were left homeless.

Hundreds of people have also been evacuated from the Hungarian village of Kispalad near the Ukraine border after floodwaters there broke a dyke.