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Czech Republic: Heavy rain and floods swallow Prague

Czech Republic, Prague
June 3, 2013 at 05:12 GMT +00:00 · Published

Czech Republic: Heavy rain and floods swallow Prague

The Czech Republic is now in a state of emergency with its' capital city, Prague, on high alert since the river Vltava began overflowing from the south on Sunday. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas called an urgent cabinet session to organise a nation-wide response. As flooding continues on Monday hundreds of soldiers and firemen have already been deployed to Prague and other affected areas to erect temporary barriers, pile sandbags, and assist with evacuation efforts while thousands of volunteers stand ready to assist.

Already the flooding in the Czech Republic has claimed two lives after their cottages collapsed and several more are missing.

Floods have blocked access to roads and railways while utility companies are regularly reporting power outages. Most schools are also closed due to the flooding. Some cities and districts have already begun to evacuate as water fills reservoirs nearly to capacity, with some local dams almost overflowing.

Rainfall across Central Europe drenched the region in a prolonged deluge, causing many rivers to flow out into cities. The German government has declared a state of emergency in several key southern cities and counties in the German federal districts of Bavaria, Saxony, and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Parts of Austria and Switzerland have also been effected by torrential rainfall, who are currently experiencing flooding and landslides.

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Czech Republic: Heavy rain and floods swallow Prague

The Czech Republic is now in a state of emergency with its' capital city, Prague, on high alert since the river Vltava began overflowing from the south on Sunday. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas called an urgent cabinet session to organise a nation-wide response. As flooding continues on Monday hundreds of soldiers and firemen have already been deployed to Prague and other affected areas to erect temporary barriers, pile sandbags, and assist with evacuation efforts while thousands of volunteers stand ready to assist.

Already the flooding in the Czech Republic has claimed two lives after their cottages collapsed and several more are missing.

Floods have blocked access to roads and railways while utility companies are regularly reporting power outages. Most schools are also closed due to the flooding. Some cities and districts have already begun to evacuate as water fills reservoirs nearly to capacity, with some local dams almost overflowing.

Rainfall across Central Europe drenched the region in a prolonged deluge, causing many rivers to flow out into cities. The German government has declared a state of emergency in several key southern cities and counties in the German federal districts of Bavaria, Saxony, and Baden-Wuerttemberg. Parts of Austria and Switzerland have also been effected by torrential rainfall, who are currently experiencing flooding and landslides.