Thousands have been forced to flee their homes and at least a dozen left dead amid severe flooding across Central Europe this week. Hungary, further downriver on the Danube that runs like an artery across the region, was fortunate in that it had more time to shore up its defences. As this newspaper went to press on Thursday evening, the emergency services were working at full tilt as the flood wave on the Danube slowly but surely approached the largest city on the river.
Preparing for the worst
By Thursday – four days after Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared a state of emergency – 100 people had already been evacuated from homes threatened by the rising Danube. Orbán told reporters on Tuesday that 55,000 people might have to be evacuated from Budapest alone, although government stressed that this would be the worst case scenario.
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