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Russian PM orders aid to flood-hit Ukraine, Moldova

MOSCOW, July 31 (RIA Novosti) - Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has ordered the country's emergencies and foreign ministries to provide humanitarian aid to flood-hit areas of Ukraine and Moldova, the government said on Thursday.

At least 30 people including six children were killed on July 23-27 in the worst storms to hit western Ukraine in over a century. Dozens of people are still missing, and thousands have been evacuated from the region.

Evacuations have also been announced in several flooded areas of neighboring Moldova. The country's northern areas were the hardest-hit. Traffic has been halted on a bridge across the Dniestr River, and the ferry service to and from Tiraspol, the capital of the republic's breakaway region of Transdnestr, has been suspended.

Ukrainian Emergencies Minister Volodymyr Shandra said Kiev will consider Russia's aid proposal.

"No official proposal has yet been put forward. We will work together on this," he told parliament, which approved President Viktor Yushchenko's decree to declare six damaged regions disaster areas earlier in the day

On Monday Yushchenko declared a three-month state of emergency in western Ukraine. The country's government has announced plans to pay a total of $30 million in compensation to flood victims.

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