According to Máté Márk Kisdi, spokesperson of National Disaster Management, the peak of the Danube flood is to be expected on June 9, between 6pm and midnight with 8.95 metres.
Reports say that seven to eight days will be needed for the flood to wane, which means the Danube will be back to normal and the Rakpart will be reopened expectedly by June 17-18.
Parliament will extend the state of emergency called at the beginning of last week due to the floods, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on the morning of June 9. He told a news conference in the city Esztergom, where the height of the swollen Danube forced the closure of the bridge to Slovakia, that the flood swell was approaching the capital, and the next two days would be decisive. “We now have to now gather all our strength,” he said, according to state news agency MTI.
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