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Deadly floods, landslides thrash Austria

Reuters / Leonhard Foeger

Residents use an inflatable boat to enter their flat on a flooded street after heavy rainfall in the small Austrian city of Steyr on Sunday.

VIENNA — Torrential rain caused widespread flooding and landslides across Austria on Sunday, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

At least one person died and two were missing in the deluge, which in some places has dumped up to two months' worth of rain in just days.

One clean-up worker was killed in a mudslide in the town of St Johann near Salzburg, the Austrian Press Agency reported, while two other people were missing in the province after being swept into raging streams.

The provinces of Upper Austria, Tyrol and Styria were also hit hard by the severe weather, which triggered the worst flooding in some areas since 2002.

A flood alarm for the northern side of the Alps was in effect until early on Monday, national broadcaster ORF said. The ZAMG weather service forecast that rain would slacken by Monday.