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Man dies during floods from torrential rains in Croatia

ZAGREB, Croatia (AP) — A man has died during flooding at a port on Croatia’s northern Adriatic Sea after the city was hit by a storm and torrential rain, authorities said Thursday.

Huge amounts of water drenched Rijeka on Wednesday night, bursting into homes and submerging city squares and streets. Officials said as much rain fell in two hours as normally falls in a month.

“The problem was the drainage system, it couldn’t absorb all the water,” said firefighter Mladen Sculac.

Emergency crews had to remove a group of children from a playroom in Rijeka when water began to pour in, Sculac said. A local school and dozens of other buildings were damaged by the flooding, he added.

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Police found the body of a man under a car that was forced to stop on one of the streets where traffic was stopped due to the storm, authorities said. The exact cause of death has not yet been determined.

“We received hundreds of calls,” said Hinko Mance, another senior emergency official in Rijeka. Although the situation has returned to normal, work to clean up the damage continues Thursday, he said.

“As people come to work or to their buildings, they see problems and we expect to have a very busy day,” Mance said.

Experts have linked freak storms, floods, and droughts to climate change.

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