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Eight die in Siberia floods

MOSCOW, Russia -- Eight people have died in floods sweeping across Siberia, with dozens trapped, Reuters has reported.

Campers and mushroom pickers are among those trapped in the region's forests, Reuters quoted the Interfax news agency as saying.

Dozens of villages near Siberia's Lake Baikal have been evacuated, while three people have died in Buryatia province and five in the Irkutsk region, the agency said.

It said 200 more people were thought to be trapped in the woods, unable to return from expeditions to gather mushrooms and berries.

Television pictures in Russia have shown cars being swept away by raging floodwaters.

An Emergencies Ministry spokeswoman in Moscow said water levels in rivers in the region were subsiding. She said 56 villages had been evacuated as of Wednesday morning.

Eastern Siberia saw the worst floods in years earlier this year, with thousands left homeless, before airforce bombers were sent in to blast ice floes and unblock a river.

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