At least one person died Tuesday in Slovenia as storms and heavy rain caused floods, the national television TVS reported.

The victim, a 60-year-old woman, was killed when water carried her away in her vehicle. The accident occurred in Zeleznik, 40 kilometres northwest of Ljubljana.

A state of emergency was declared in the village, in which the 3,000 inhabitants were still without electricity in the evening hours.

The military was sent to a local factory to prevent the flooding of barrels with acid. According to Defence Minister Karl Erjavec, who visited Zeleznik, the soldiers were trying to prevent an environmental disaster.