Flooding endangers Slovakia

Because of the heavy rain that hit Europe over the past few days, several countries, including Slovakia, now face the threat of flooding. The level of the Danube River in Bratislava exceeded 900 centimetres on June 4, which triggered a third-degree flood warning. The river is expected to continue rising, with the Slovak Hydrometeorological Institute (SHMÚ) expecting it to crest on June 6. In addition to the Danube, the level of the Morava River near Devínska Nová Ves also rose, exceeding 740 centimetres on June 4. Bratislava mayor Milan Ftáčnik has already declared a state of emergency for the whole city of Bratislava, the SITA newswire reported.

The Bratislava magistrate made the declaration after emergencies were declared in Devín, Karlova Ves and the Old Town city boroughs. The state of emergency might last until the end of the week, the TASR newswire reported.

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(Photo, of the Danube near Bratislava: Luca Cinacchio/sxc.hu)