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Central Europe hit by floods after days of rain

By FRANK JORDANS | Associated Press

  • Parts of the old town re flooded by the river Danube in Passau, southern Germany, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Heavy rainfalls cause flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. (AP Photo/dpa, Armin Weigel)
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    Associated Press/dpa, Armin Weigel - Parts of the old town re flooded by the river Danube in Passau, southern Germany, Sunday, June 2, 2013. Heavy rainfalls cause flooding along rivers and lakes in Germany, …more
     

    BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in parts of central Europe issueddisaster warnings and scrambled to reinforce flood defenses Sunday as rivers swelled by days of heavy rain threatened to burst their banks.

    Several people have died or are missing in the floods in Germany, the Czech Republic and Switzerland since Thursday.

    Czech officials warned that the waters of the Vltava river could reach critical levels in Prague late Sunday. Interim Mayor Tomas Hudeceksaid authorities were considering whether to shut down parts of the capital's subway network and called on people not to travel to city.

    In the nearby city of Trebenice a woman was found dead in the rubble after a summer cottage collapsed due to the raging water, Czech public television reported.

    Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said 200 soldiers have been deployed so far to help local authorities. ...more




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