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Floods in Macedonia kill one, hundreds evacuated

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One person was killed and several hundred people were evacuated as floods caused by heavy rains hit north and east Macedonia, a government spokesman said Tuesday.

The victim, a 51-year-old man, was swept away as he tried to cross a river near the northern town of Kumanovo, Aleksandar Gjorgjijev said.

Several hundred people were evacuated from villages threatened by floods, while some 1,500 inhabitants were left isolated in the east after floodwaters swept away two bridges to their villages, the Macedonian Crisis Management Centre said.

Torrents also threatened the Pistica dam in eastern Macedonia and authorities worried it would collapse.

Parts of the Sveti Nikole town of some 20,000 inhabitants was left without electricity, and about 48,000 residents in the town of Stip were warned not to drink tap water due to contamination of wells.

Heavy rains, falling since Saturday, are not forecast to stop before Thursday, meteorologists said.

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