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IMAGES: Worst flood in 70 years inundates central Europe

Last updated on: June 4, 2013 12:50 IST

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We bring forth images from various European countries, including Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and Poland, which are experiencing reportedly the worst flooding in the last 70 years.

The floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade have killed at least six people dead and forced thousands from their homes across central Europe. Almost 2,700 people were evacuated from low-lying areas while the rising water threatened Prague's historic centre, forced school closures and disrupted public transport.

The Czech Republic government had declared a state of emergency on Sunday, deploying 2,000 troops in its rescue drive.

Thousands of households were hit with power outages. Fallen trees snarled rail traffic across western regions.

Flooding has also been reported in Austria and water levels have risen in Germany and Poland after heavy rain in central Europe over the past week swelled rivers.

In Germany, more than 7,000 people have been moved from their homes in the town of Eilenburg, BBC reported.

At least one person died and two are missing in Austria near Salzburg.

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Image: The statue of world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy is partially submerged in water from the rising Vltava river in Prague, Czech Republic.
Photographs: David W Cerny/Reuters
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A street sign is partially submerged in the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau, near Munich, Germany.

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Flooded houses next to river Steyr are pictured during heavy rainfall in the small Austrian city of Steyr. During heavy rain rivers burst their banks, flooding parts of Tyrol, Salzburg, Lower and Upper Austria.

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Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

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The flooded Vltava river is seen behind the statue of Czech legendary knight Bruncvik in Prague. City authorities limited public transport and closed underground stations as water from the Vltava River overflowed several parts of Prague.

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Photographs: Petr Josek/Reuters

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Firefighters evacuate a lady from her flooded house in the south Bohemian village of Nemcicky. 

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Photographs: Petr Josek/Reuters

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A general overview shows the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau. Following heavy rain and thaw, the Inn and Donau rivers are expected to rise to over 11 meters.  

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People stand next to a bridge and watch the flooding of river Steyr during heavy rainfall in the small Austrian city of Steyr.

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Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
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A resident stands at his property on a flooded street in the town of Grimma, near Leipzig. Authorities in the German state of Saxon have declared Grimma a disaster area, according to local media.

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Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters

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The sign above the door of restaurant and hotel 'Am Paulusbogen' is partially submerged in the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau.   

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A man looks at flood water from the upstairs window of a house in the centre of the Bavarian town of Passau.

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Residents walk on a flooded street in the town of Grimma.

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Photographs: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters
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A man stands next to a damaged car after heavy rainfall flooded the western Austrian village of Koessen.

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Photographs: Dominic Ebenbichler/Reuters

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People stand on the roof of a building and look at a flooded street in the centre of the Bavarian town of Passau.

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Photographs: Michaela Rehle/Reuters
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People pass a bridge during heavy rainfall in the small Austrian city of Steyr.

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Photographs: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters
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Cars are parked on flooded street after heavy rainfalls in the western Austrian village of Koessen.

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A firefighter removes driftwood from a weir at the flooded Reuss river in the northern Swiss town of Windisch, Zurich. Heavy rainfall caused a rise in water levels in the rivers in northern Switzerland.

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Czech soldiers erect metal barriers at a bank of Vltava river in Prague's Holesovice district. The worst floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade forced the evacuation of almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas while the rising water threatened Prague's historic centre, forced school closures and disrupted public transport.    

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