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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

At least eight people die in floods in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic

At least eight people have been killed and about a dozen are missing by heavy rains and flooding since the weekend have flooded many parts of Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria, and threaten to get to Hungary, Slovakia and Poland. In Germany, which recorded one of the deaths, the situation is dramatic, especially in some regions of the state of Thuringia in the east, and the city of Passau (Bavaria), where the historic center is flooded for two days. Brigades of troops have been sent today to participate in the work of containment of floods and to strengthen levees with sandbags.The Bavarian government has activated the alarm in large parts of the federal state, after levels were recorded of 9.2 meters in the Eno River and up to twelve feet into the Danube . Water bodies of those rivers run to Austria , where the death toll has risen to two, after the western state of Vorarlberg was found lifeless body of a man of 58 years was gone. In the Alpine republic's rising waters particularly affected Länder of Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper Austria and Lower Austria.According to public broadcaster ORF, although in some states such as Salzburg and Tirol weather situation has calmed down, the authorities maintained the "disaster alert" in these regions, as well as in Vienna, Upper Austria and Lower Austria. The closure to traffic of over a hundred roads in Lower Austria joined the other lock in the provinces of Vorarlberg, Tyrol, Salzburg and Upper Austria, where in addition to the floods there have been numerous landslides, said the association OAMTC roadside assistance. If rain does not subside, it is feared that the Danube river level can equal that of the floods of 2002 , which was the highest in the last hundred years. In the Czech Republic , the death toll rose to five, with the death of a man of 69 years after falling into the sewer drain Klatovy region, police said the Czech agency CTK. The Czech government has declared a state of emergency in much of the country, including the capital,Prague , where he expected the Vltava river reached its peak and the authorities are struggling to protect the historic center of the city. Also, on Sunday night more than 2,600 people were evacuated by firefighters in areas threatened by flooding. For flood hazard has restricted traffic and closed metro stations in the center of Prague. Also been closed Kampa Museum, Smetana, Naprstek and the Czech Music, whose collections were moved to safer places away from the river Vltava. The floods have also affected, although to a lesser extent, the southwestern regions of Poland, and forecasters have warned of new rainfall that can worsen the situation.

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