Prague braces for heavy floods

The Czech Republic government was set to hold an emergency meeting at 6pm on June 2 to address the impact of floods in the Western part of the country that have claimed one life and led to widespread evacuations. Prague officials have closed eight metro stations are preparing to evacuate parts of the city after the river Vltava reached third-degree flood warning levels around noon today.

Heavy rainfall this weekend caused water levels of rivers throughout the Western part of the Czech Republic to rise, leading to flood warnings in west, north, central and south Bohemia. Rescue workers in Prague are erecting flood barriers for the first time since the disastrous floods of 2002. The army has been dispatched to organize emergency maneuvers in the capital.

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