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Monday, 3 June 2013

Flooding hits central Europe

03 June 2013

Thousands have been forced to flee their homes in Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic killing at least 7 people. In Austria, two months of rain fell in a few days. Making it the 7th wettest spring in 150 years. As a result, the ground was already saturated before the torrential rain arrived.

CAUSES

From The Weather Channel


The heaviest rainfall areas were just to the north of the Alps in NE Switzerland, NW Austria and southern Germany with up to 300mm in Austria on Sunday 2nd June.


The rainfall then moved across southern Germany to the Czech Republic on Monday with 90 to 150mm in 24hrs.



EFFECTS

The last time central Europe saw similar floods was in 2002, when 17 people were killed in the Czech Republic, and damage estimated at $26bn was inflicted.


Landslides and flooding have responsible for the deaths so far, with authorities racing to erect flood defences and distribute sandbags as Floods cause havoc


The German army said it has sent 1,760 soldiers to help local authorities and volunteers reinforce flood defences particularly in the south and east of the country.


More details here:

04 June 2013

Germany flood threat heads north


Flood management and protection

Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged $130m in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas of Germany on Tuesday, as the swelling waters forced thousands of people from their homes.

Whilst on a tour of the region in a helicopter this week, Angela Merkel pledged immediate help for every stricken family of up to €2,000 (£1,700).

"I have talked to citizens who have started the clean-up and I realise it will take several more weeks," she said. "The damage and the loss of income is a long-term matter. And that's why our support will not cease."

Germany pledges to help flood victims

Large areas of suburban Prague were flooded but metal barriers protecting the historic city centre held as the floods peaked and the high waters moved north towards Germany.

Around 4,000 German troops have been deployed in four states, the military said, reinforcing dykes with sandbags and providing help to thousands of people forced to leave their homes.


A selection of images showing the scale of the flooding 

VIDEO - Aid provided for flood victims whilst others prepare for the worst

05 June 2013

Rescuers have been using helicopters to pluck families from rooftops in the southern German town of Deggendorf as the Danube flood crisis continues.

Meanwhile more than 30,000 people in the eastern city of Halle have been told to leave their homes after rivers reached their highest level in 400 years.

40,000 firefighters are working non-stop shoring up defences and delivering clean drinking water to stranded home-owners

Rivers normally used as transport routes for trade are unnavigable costing industry dearly


Additional impacts:
  • River Elbe risen 6 metres above normal levels
  • 15 people have died and at least four others are missing in the floods.
  • Over 19,000 people have been evacuated from the rising waters in the Czech Republic.
  • 3,000 people had to leave their homes on the Elbe river near the German border where
  • The dead included eight people in the Czech Republic, four in Germany, two in Austria and one in Slovakia.
  • Authorities are now concerned about the safety of chemical plants next to the swollen rivers. The plants have been shut down and their chemicals removed.
  • 600 people have been evacuated in Dresden with the water levels in the River Elbe still rising
  • Prague's Zoo was particularly badly hit for a second time in 11 years. Estimated damage at $8 million 

More information:

06 June 2013

In Dresden and other German towns, hundreds of people have been trying to prevent the flood waters causing more damage by piling up sandbags and helping emergency crews.

Source - The Guardian

By Wednesday, the River Elbe was already running 7m (21ft) above normal levels.


07 June 2013

Flooding continues along main rivers in Central Europe as the Elbe and Danube rivers have already swamped large areas of Germany and the Czech Republic.



8 June 2013

Emergency services and volunteers in Hungary are working hard to keep the River Danube at bay as water levels reach record heights



Sources:
BBC News, Al Jazeera, BBC Weather, Daily Mail, The Big Picture, The Independent, The Weather Channel, Sky News, The Guardian, Reuters

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