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Thursday, June 6, 2013

Central Europe, mobilized by floods

Only in Germany there are 30,000 people evacuated. Another 20,000 in Czech Republic's largest flood since the Middle Ages the Danube, the Elbe and the Rhine , along with its many tributaries, has caused 15 deaths , as well as irreparable damage to the historic centers of many cities. Throughout Central Europe's cuts communication by rail and road and besides the rescue and evacuation is urgent to get water to many towns. In the Czech Republic have been evacuated 20,000 people and 23,000 firefighters work uninterruptedly since Monday. Krivousy, a small town just 30 miles north of Prague, has been completely flooded by the Vltava. "The situation is critical in the city of Usti" reports Czech fire spokesman, Nicole Zaoralova . "We hope that the situation on the Elbe River in northern Bohemia, in the region of Ustecko, further deterioration and more heavy rains are forecast for the weekend," he warns. The Elbe crossing the German border and enters Saxony, where 3,000 German soldiers hastily built levees. Some 30,000 people have been evacuated and are repeated situations where it is necessary to supply drinking water to entire populations, in addition to attending numerous recates. Downstream, cities like Dresden today also expect an increase in the water level, while the southern Länder has been declared "environmental catastrophe" and economic damage estimate yet, could tip the scales in favor of the recession, which the German economy had gotten around even now. Regional governments strive to improvise aid funds that are not subject to a heavy bureaucracy. In Bavaria, the Danube has exceeded Degegndorf defenses and a firefighter has died after suffering a heart attack while assisting in an evacuation in Wihelmsdorf. Back in Austria , in Vienna, the Danube level will peak over Thursday and hastily built levees up to 800 meters long. Its flow has reached a record high 10,600 cubic meters per second, well above the usual considered, about 2,000 cubic meters per second, according to the Water Department of the Austrian capital. And in Budapest , authorities have urged tourists Margaret Island in the center of the capital, leaving the hotels about to be flooded. As reported by the National Operating Body, the situation will continue until Monday and the country prepares to face extensive flooding.

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