The number of dead from floods in eastern Romania rose to seven on Friday with one person still missing, authorities said after torrential rains ceased.

Heavy rains have washed away dozens of homes in Vrancea, Bacau and Vaslui counties since Wednesday, forcing hundreds out of their homes.


"The death toll has risen to seven people, one is still missing and 1,391 persons were evacuated," said deputy interior minister Victor Dobre.

Meanwhile in Austria, heavy rains that started on Wednesday swelled some rivers feeding into the Danube. The Kleine Ybbs river in the Lower Austria province reached its highest level in a century and flooded 120 buildings in the town of Ybbsitz.

Firemen and soldiers piled up sandbags to protect an embankment in the town of Lilienfeld at the Traisen river, where rain began falling again overnight. The Traisen also flooded streets in Lower Austria's capital St Poelten.

The Danube is expected to reach its peak level -- which will remain well below the catastrophic floods seen in 2002 -- around midnight near Vienna and early Saturday morning downstream near the Hungarian border.