It is now almost two months since torrential rain flooded south-west Rumania taking a toll of 161 dead and leaving thousands homeless, and still the people are struggling to reconstruct the damage.
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GV Railway track being railed
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Background: It is now almost two months since torrential rain flooded south-west Rumania taking a toll of 161 dead and leaving thousands homeless, and still the people are struggling to reconstruct the damage.
Despite the flow of foreign aid from many countries including Britain, the United States, Israel and Germany, and thousands of unpaid man hours being devoted to the reconstruction programme, many of the homeless are still living in make-shift tents, often on the site where their living room used to be.
Worst hit by the floods was Satu Mare where 57 people died and more than 4,000 homes were destroyed. Three quarters of the town with a population of 80,000 was under water. The line where the water came to can be seen on the sides of buildings and often well above the top of the windows. The whole town was cut off from light, telephone and drinking water.
Since the floods subsided the whole town has been collaborating in its reconstruction. Gangs of schoolboys have been organised as helpers and men go out three afternoons a week from the factories. Everyone has agreed to do one-hundred hours of unpaid work towards the reconstruction.
It had been hoped that new Government-subsidised flats would be completed before winter, but that plan is now in doubt. Luckier families are living in specially built wooden barracks, but not all of them or the families in tents are likely to be in a flat in time for winter.