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Breaking ice crushes boats on Danube in sudden Serbia thaw

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A man takes a picture of big chunks of melting ice moving on the Danube River in Belgrade, Serbia, on Feb. 20, 2012.

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People break the ice on a frozen part of the Danube in Belgrade on Feb. 20, 2012. Big chunks of melting ice have damaged hundreds of small boats and several restaurants located on rafts, officials said Monday.

The Associated Press reports from Belgrade, Serbia — Big chunks of melting ice moving on the Danube River have damaged hundreds of small boats and several restaurants located on rafts, officials said Monday.

The thick ice, which had closed hundreds of miles of Europe's busy waterway during the region's recent cold snap, started moving Sunday afternoon because of rising temperatures.

As ice floes up to 1.6 feet thick began to break up in the Belgrade area, hundreds of parked boats crashed into each other and several barges were swept away, officials said. Read the full story.