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SOUTHEAST BATTLES RISING RIVERS More water spilled into the swollen Flint River through a breached earthen dam Saturday. The heaviest rains from Tropical Storm Alberto seemed over, but rivers in Georgia continued to rise. In Alabama, high-water woes eased. In the Florida Panhandle, more than 3,200 people fled low-lying areas. About 1,200 feet of the earthen dam at the 8,515-acre Lake Blackshear north of Albany, Ga., was breached Saturday, but authorities said the water will drain from the lake slowly. Albany remains cut in half by flooding, which spread as far as three miles from the river's edge. It will be days before officials can estimate the cost of the damage from the storm, which stalled over Georgia for three days and sent torrents of water raging down the Flint and Ocmulgee Rivers. About 400,000 acres of crops are under water. The flooding has left thousands homeless and about 300,000 people without drinking water in southwest Georgia. Forty-three counties in Georgia have been declared disaster areas. Latvia withdrawal

Russian President Boris Yeltsin said yesterday that all Russian troops will leave the Baltic republic of Latvia by Aug. 31, but that withdrawal from neighboring Estonia is more complex and will take longer. Mr. Yeltsin, appearing at a news conference with President Clinton at the G-7 meeting in Naples, said that at the urging of the US leader he would consult soon with Estonian President Lennart Meri to resolve disputes over final withdrawal. Russian troops already have pulled out of Lithuania, the third former Soviet Baltic state. US, Panama confer


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