One dead, four missing in floods in Czech Republic

Written by on June 2, 2013 in Europe, News - No comments

A woman died in Třebenice outside Prague on June 2 when her house collapsed because of flooding and four people are missing after floods hit the Czech Republic, while homes have been evacuated across southern Germany, Austria and Switzerland as water levels rise, local and international media said.

Five of the Czech Republic’s 12 regions have been affected by flooding, including the capital Prague, Radio Prague said.

Flood barriers have been erected to protect Malá Strana, Old Town, and other parts of Prague, for the first time since 2002 when the Czech capital was inundated by floods that left whole districts of the city underwater.

The German cities of Passau and Rosenheim have declared a state of emergency, the BBC said.

Rain, up to 15 litres a sq m in volume, is forecast to continue across most of Bavaria and Saxony, according to euronews.

(Archive photo of 2002 floods in the Czech Republic: Rudolf Kukačka)

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