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Tens of thousands Evacuated in Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, as Flooding Worsens

Posted by feww on June 6, 2013

Rising waters threaten Bratislava, Budapest and parts of Germany

In Germany alone 30,000 people have been evacuated, including about 13,000 from the southern state of Bavaria, according to the European Commission.

The death toll from flooding in the region currently stands at 13, with several others reported as missing.

European Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski announced on Wednesday that the EU’s emergency fund had already been depleted.

“The scale of the catastrophe is absolutely beyond the reimbursement in these countries,” he told reporters in Brussels.

  • The Elbe in Germany was running more than 7m (21ft) above normal levels, as of early Thursday.

“Floods spread to low-lying northern areas of the Czech Republic near the industrial city of Usti nad Labem. About 3,700 people were rescued after some water barriers broke,” said a report.

  • A chemical plant north of Prague was inundated after a barrier collapsed.
  • At least a dozen villages and towns and hundreds of hectares of farmland were inundated, as Czech emergency services rescued about 20,000 people.

In the Hungarian capital of Budapest all roads  near the Danube were closed; tourists and zoo animals were evacuated.

“In the Slovak capital Bratislava, low-lying parks and a waterfront Danube cafe were flooded but barriers were expected to hold back the worst. The water level was expected to break through 10 meters on Thursday, an all-time high, said a report.

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