Europe: Very dangerous weather – ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: LEVEL 3! for parts of POLAND and W BELARUS Damaging wind gusts, large and very hail, excessive precipitation and SIGNIFICANT TORNADO EVENT. – Published 190715 1216z

Storm Forecast

Storm Forecast
Valid: Sun 19 Jul 2015 06:00 to Mon 20 Jul 2015 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 19 Jul 2015 00:01
Forecaster: TASZAREK

A level 3 was issued for parts of Poland and W Belarus mainly for the damaging wind gusts, large and very hail, excessive precipitation and significant tornado event.

A level 2 was issued for parts of Germany, Poland, Belarus, NW Ukraine and N Czech Republic mainly for the severe wind gusts, large hail, tornadoes and excessive precipitation.

A level 1 was issued for parts of S Finland and parts of Russia mainly for the large hail and severe wind gusts.

A level 1 was issued for parts of UK, Netherlands, S Denmark, Germany, Switzerland, N Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, W Hungary, Belarus and NW Ukraine mainly for the large hail, severe wind gusts and excessive precipitation.

A level 1 was issued for NE Spain mainly for the large hail and excessive precipitation.

SYNOPSIS

Most of the Central, SW, S and SE Europe is covered with highly unstable warm and moist tropical air mass with dew points up to 20C. A ridge extending from Azores up to Iberian Peninsula inhibits convection in this region. Strong capping inversions are also present in the Apennine and most of the Balkan Peninsula. Weakening high is places over Black Sea while the numerous troughs are located over British Isles, Scandinavia and N Russia. Jet streak separating polar and tropical air mass is stretching from the N Atlantic trough England, N Germany and Poland up to Russia. Within this jet, a short-wave with thermal low is predicted to provide a good overlap of instability, moisture, lift and wind shear over parts of Germany, Poland and Belarus.

DISCUSSION

…Germany, Poland, Belarus, NW Ukraine…

Particularly severe weather is expected in the afternoon hours within the shortwave that will pass these countries in the forecast period and provide the great source of lifting mechanism. An overlap of SB CAPE exceeding 1000-2000 J/kg and DLS over 20-25 m/s in the large area extending from central Germany up to Poland is expected to produce widespread severe weather. Around noon, convection should start over Germany and most likely in the form of the supercell thunderstorms produce damaging wind gusts and large to very large hail. An increased 0-1km SRH over 100 m2/s2 and LLS exceeding 10 m/s cannot rule out tornado occurrence within these cells. In the afternoon hours CI should also take place in W Poland. Since these cells will form in the highly unstable (1500-2000 J/kg) and strongly sheared environment (DLS ~ 25 m/s, MLS ~ 20 m/s, LLS ~ 15 m/s, 0-3km SRH up to 300 m2/s2) with the support of the QG lift, an organized squall line is likely to form. It is likely that such a squall line will contain bow echos and the wind gusts within these may exceed 33 m/s. The transformation into derecho cannot be ruled out. Level 3 denote the area where according to the current understanding and NWP data the movement of this line is the most probable. However, models are not consistent with the direction of the MCS movement, some of them predicts propagation of the squall line to the Belarus, while some of them shifts the system more to the warm air mass. It is possible that an early-hours convection that will pass through N Poland may provide conditions more conducive for MCS turning more to the S. Due to these uncertainties, both scenarios are partially included in the level 3 area. Although the main threat are damaging wind gusts, conditions in the late afternoon hours (when the relative humidity will drop and thus the LCL) will be conducive for tornadoes, especially in the E Poland. An impressive overlap of 0-1km SRH ~ 400 m2/s2 with LLS ~ 12.5 m/s and CAPE ~ 1000 J/kg may result in a significant tornado event if isolated or embedded supercells will be present. These may be possible in the southern flank of the squall line. Within these storms very large hail is also possible. It is predicted that the MCS will enter Belarus and parts of Ukraine in the late evening hours and weaken, but still will be capable of producing severe wind gusts. If derecho will form, the system may be capable of producing damaging wind gusts also in the late evening hours, therefore level 3 is also extended to the parts of Belarus further east. Extreme values of PW (40-45 mm) may also result in a large precipitation amounts on the track of the MCS.

…parts of UK, Denmark, Netherlands, N Germany, Baltic Sea…

Although models predicts very large DLS over these areas (25-30 m/s) they are not as consistent with thermodynamic instability. Thunderstorms that will form within the short-wave may become supercells and create threat for the large hail and severe wind gusts. However, due to limited thermodynamic instability, limited boundary layers moisture content and rather low-topped convection, such a threat deserves only level 1.

…Germany, Switzerland, N Italy, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, W Hungary, Belarus and NW Ukraine…

Locally enhanced DLS up to 15 m/s with CAPE up to 2000-2500 J/kg and rich boundary layer’s moisture (mixing ratio up to 12-13 g/kg) create threat for multicell and supercell thunderstorms where severe wind gusts and large hail are likely. DMC is forecast to start around noon and the storms should weaken in the late evening hours. In the areas where the storm motion is predicted to be very low (DLS below 10 m/s) excessive precipitation and local flash flooding cannot be ruled out, especially in the NW parts of the Italy.

…S Finland, parts of Russia…

Favorable overlap of DLS around 20 m/s and CAPE up to 400-600 J/kg create threat for supercell thunderstorms and thus severe wind gusts and large hail. Uncertainty related to CI, low thermodynamic instability, limited boundary layer’s moisture content and narrow zone where the CAPE overlaps with the favorable shear makes the threat marginal. The highest threat for the occurrence of severe weather falls on the early afternoon hours.

…NE Spain…

Low-level inflow of impressive rich boundary layer’s moisture content (mixing ratios up to 16-18 g/kg) overlapping with steep lapse rates (~ 7 C/km) locally will enhance CAPE values to 2000-2500 J/kg. If thunderstorms will be able to get through the cap, they may be capable of producing large hail. Since the storm motion in this area is predicted to be very low, given the high moisture content excessive precipitation cannot be ruled out.

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Mesoscale Discussion

Mesoscale Discussion
Valid: Sun 19 Jul 2015 11:00 to Sun 19 Jul 2015 14:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 19 Jul 2015 11:51
Forecaster: GROENEMEIJER

At 11 UTC a warm front was located along a line from near Leipzig to Poznan to Warsaw. An MCS / area of convective rain over NE Germany has created an outflow boundary that stretches from Berlin to Leipzig.

Along the warm front distinct surface convergence is taking place and low-level humidity is rather high with 18-21 C observed dew points. With 26-30 C surface temperatures, around 1000 – 1500 J/kg of MLCAPE should already be in place.

The Bayreuth, Lindenberg and Doksany profilers and Poznan radar confirm that 20-25 m/s WSW winds are in place at 3-4 km AGL, implying that strong to very strong wind shear is present.

Storms, probably elevated have formed in the Leipzig area and further south across the Czech Republic. It is expected that these storms will move eastward and become surface based. It is possible that storms will rather rapidly develop into a squall-line and that the wind risk will increase rather quickly.

In addition, more storms may form further to the east along the warm front after 13 UTC. Any isolated storms that manage to form will quickly turn into powerful supercells with a risk of large hail and severe wind gusts.

The high (about 300 m2/s2) SREH and anticipated strengthening low-level shear that is in place along and slightly to the north of the warm front suggests that tornadoes cannot be ruled out. However, in most places, the LCL height is rather high for tornadoes with T/Td spreads around 10 C, limiting this risk. An exception is a small area along the warm front where prior rainfall occurrs before the arrival of storms, cooling and moistening the boundary layer.

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Austria/Nazi Germany 1940: How French POWs secretly filmed Oflag 17a prison camp life in WWII – Amazing story – 040114 2330z

(G: Scroll down for French translation) (G: Faites dfiler pour la traduction franaise)

“One of the most extraordinary episodes involving Allied prisoners during World War II was recently remembered in Paris.

They had been defeated in the Battle of France and marched to the furthest reaches of the Reich. In 1940, Oflag 17a must have felt a bleak, unforgiving place for the 5,000 French officers who were now prisoners-of-war.

The Austrian camp, close to the border with Czechoslovakia, was originally built for troops taking part in military exercises.

There were 40 barracks, 20 each side of a central aisle. The land was bound by two lines of barbed wire, the perimeter illuminated by floodlights.

Escape seemed almost impossible. Almost…. and it is remarkable that we can see it.

Through some extraordinary ingenuity – and cunning – the men filmed their efforts.

Their rarely seen footage is called Sous Le Manteau (Clandestinely). So professional is it that on first viewing you would be forgiven for thinking it is a post-war reconstruction.

French prisoner filming Prisoners filmed the camp secretly with a camera inside a hollowed-out dictionary

It is in fact a 30-minute documentary, shot in secret by the prisoners themselves. Risking death, they recorded it on a secret camera built from parts that were smuggled into the camp in sausages.”

More here:

BBC News – How French secretly filmed prison camp life in WWII

Oflag XVII-A, was a German Army World War II prisoner-of-war camp for officers (Offizierlager) located between the villages Edelsbach and Dllersheim, in the district of Zwettl in the Waldviertel region of north-eastern Austria.

More here:

Oflag XVII-A – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Video

Sous Le Manteau (Under The Cloak) French Prisoner of War Documentary

(Video credit: Schedule Hater )

Published on Aug 2, 2013

Amazing footage of French POWs who escape from a German camp. They smuggled in camera parts in sausages and assembled the camera inside a dictionary from the prison library and some shoes. They then film their escape through a tunnel they dug underneath a theatre. This is the actual footage of their escape.

FRENCH

Autriche / Allemagne nazie 1940: Comment les prisonniers de guerre franais film en secret Oflag 17a vie de camp de prisonniers dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale – histoire tonnante – 040 114 2330

BBC par Christian Fraser BBC Nouvelles , Paris


” L’un des pisodes les plus extraordinaires de prisonniers allis pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale a t rcemment rappel dans Paris .

Ils avaient t vaincus dans la bataille de France et marcha jusqu’aux confins du Reich . En 1940 , l’Oflag 17a doit se sentir un endroit sombre , impitoyable pour les 5000 officiers franais qui taient maintenant prisonniers de guerre .

Le camp autrichien , prs de la frontire avec la Tchcoslovaquie , a t construit l’origine pour les troupes participant des exercices militaires .

Il y avait 40 casernes, 20 de chaque ct d’une alle centrale . Le terrain a t li par deux lignes de barbels , le primtre clair par des projecteurs .

vasion semblait presque impossible . Presque …. et il est remarquable que nous pouvons voir.

Grce un peu d’ingniosit extraordinaire – et la ruse – les hommes films leurs efforts .

Leur squence rarement vu est appel Sous Le Manteau ( clandestinement ) . Est si professionnel il que sur le premier visionnement vous seriez pardonn de penser que c’est une reconstruction d’aprs-guerre .
Franais dtenus prisonnier de tournage ont film le camp en secret avec une camra l’intrieur d’un dictionnaire vid

Il est en fait un documentaire de 30 minutes , tourn en secret par les prisonniers eux-mmes . Risquer la mort , ils ont enregistr sur une camra secrte construit partir de pices qui ont t introduites en contrebande dans le camp dans les saucisses . ”

Plus ici :
BBC Nouvelles – Comment franais secrtement film la vie de camp de prisonniers dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale

Oflag XVII -A , tait un camp de la Seconde Guerre mondiale l’arme allemande de prisonnier de guerre pour les officiers ( Offizierlager ) situ entre les villages Edelsbach et Dllersheim , dans le district de Zwettl dans la rgion de Waldviertel du nord- est de l’Autriche .

Plus ici :
Oflag XVII -A – Wikipedia , l’encyclopdie libre

Prisonniers filmant leur camp de 1940 Ă 1945

(Video credit: Documentaires Histoire)

Published on Apr 28, 2013

Extraits d’un documentaire sur le seul film connu tournĂ par des prisonniers, Ă l’insu de leurs gardiens allemands, durant la 2e guerre mondiale.

Au pĂril de leur vie, une cinquantaine de prisonniers ont filmĂ leur quotidien au sein du camp Oflag 17A, en Autriche, qui comprenait 5000 officiers franĂais.

Les prisonniers essayaient rĂguliĂrement de s’Ăvader mais beaucoup se faisaient reprenndre au bout de quelques jours. La Gestapo venait rĂguliĂrement fouiller le camp afin de dĂcouvrir d’Ăventuels tunnels d’Ăvasion.

Le film “Sous le manteau” est sorti en salle en 1946.

Europe: ESTOFEX Storm Forecast: Level 2 for NW France, S Germany, Czechia, N Switzerland and N Austria mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes. Valid until 281013 06:00 UTC – 271013 1000z

Storm Forecast

 

 

Storm Forecast
Valid: Sun 27 Oct 2013 06:00 to Mon 28 Oct 2013 06:00 UTC
Issued: Sun 27 Oct 2013 05:14
Forecaster: VAN DER VELDE

A level 2 was issued for northeastern France, southern Germany, Czechia, northern Switzerland and northern Austria mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for parts of France, Belgium, Netherlands, Germany, Czech Republic, Poland, as well as Ireland, mainly for severe convective wind gusts and tornadoes.

A level 1 was issued for western France and southern UK for severe convective gust and tornado chances after midnight.

SYNOPSIS

A large depression centered west of Scotland has transported a broad plume of relatively warm low level air deep into Europe. A sharp shortwave trough dramatically visible in IPV fields is racing from western France to eastern Poland during the period. Together with a northwesterly jet axis left exit region, it forces rising air with steepening lapse rates between central France and the Netherlands in the morning, which shifts into Germany during the afternoon and Czechia/Poland in the evening. Thedynamic tropopause(PV)/jet axis intersection region moves just north of the Alps. There is a strong wind field with a corridor over southern Germany with >30 m/s winds in the lowest kilometers.
Late in the night, a side disturbance of the main low arrives in the English Channel region with signs of rapid cyclogenesis en-route to Denmark, producing gale conditions on Monday.

DISCUSSION

…Ireland…

In the first 6 hours of the period, convection and conditions of strong low-level winds and shear 15-20 m/s are present. The jetstream passes over the southern half of Ireland. Expect some convective gusts greater than 25 m/s. An isolated tornado cannot be ruled out as well.

…western France, southern UK…

This region will be affected by two disturbances in 24 hours. At 06Z, unstable air under the influence of the shortwave trough is present as well as 25 m/s mean winds in the low levels, and some 20 m/s 0-1 km shear. Mesoscale convective development is not yet expected to begin, but these conditions combined with low LCL heights can lead to tornadoes, aside from severe wind gusts.
After 00/03Z, the cold front of the second low comes in. It seems to become somewhat convectively active, likely as a forced convective line (there is little CAPE and EL at only -15), this time with 30-40 m/s mean winds in the low levels over NW France capable of producing damaging gusts at the ground. The front bends back over the southern UK with less strong wind field but enhanced shear and instability sufficient for a tornado or two. The 00Z GFS run predicts the low to take a much more northerly and faster course with more stable conditions than the 18Z run.

…northeastern France to southwestern Poland…

Synoptic and mesoscale lifting appears to increase in tyhe GFS model over northern France and enhance CAPE to about 200 J/kg. A linear PV intrusion is likely to shape the convection as a line, although WRF models suggest more cellular/short line segment modes instead. Indeed even in the GFS model there is a large region of deep convergence but no sharp line at the surface. The jet exit region affects most directly the zone immediately north of the Alps. In entire southern Germany more than 20 m/s of 0-1 km shear should exist, which aids tornadogenesis (with >250 m²/s² of 0-3 km SREH also predicted) and bow echoes with strong to very strong gusts during convective storms. The 00Z GFS run predicts the same timing as the 18Z run but with the PV intrusion displaced slightly to the north, as well as more positive rather than negative tilt.

Europe: Floods continue to wreak havoc as experts warn of plague of mosquitoes – 070613 1040z

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Floods continue to wreak havoc across northern and central Europe.

EURONEWS 06/06 03:07 CET

The irony is that while the weather is clear, run-off means that river levels are continuing to rise.

In Germany, the army has been drafted in to help.

The last great flood was in 2002 they are now saying that, along the Elbe, this one will be even worse.

The same is happening along the Danube.

On the Austro-Slovak border, hundreds of firefighters work to save what they can after the river burst its banks.

Budapest is also bracing itself for record flooding from the swollen Danube.

The authorities expect high water levels to peak next Monday at around 8.75 metres. Flood preparations are underway at 20 locations across the city.

There is particular concern, though, over a small zoo on Margaret Island a popular tourist attraction in the city.

300,000 sandbags have been used to build a nine metre high dam.

An operation is underway to evacuate the animals from their enclosures.

Other Reports

Photo: DPA

Merkel praises flood fighting efforts

Published: 7 Jun 13 07:40 CET

“German Chancellor Angela Merkel has praised the “wonderful solidarity” of tens of thousands struggling against central Europe’s worst river floods in over a decade and promised more help for the victims on her second visit in three days to disaster-hit areas.

Vast stretches along the Elbe river basin have been submerged in northeast Germany and upstream in the Czech Republic, with only trees and red-tiled roofs sticking out of the muddy water in many abandoned villages now accessible only by boat or helicopter.

The picture of devastation was similar along the mighty Danube, which has jumped its banks in Germany’s southern Bavaria state and Austria and sparked large-scale disaster preparations in Hungary, where the water was expected to peak in coming days.

Merkel on Thursday visited one of Germany’s most flood-threatened cities, Bitterfeld in Saxony-Anhalt state, where two lakes, one higher than the other, loom dangerously close, threatening what locals called a “mini-tsunami” and forcing a mass evacuation.

“The people are scared and it’s understandable,” said Merkel, who shook hands with soldiers and civilians on the visit coming four months ahead of elections.

“We can’t undo the force of nature but I think people can count on everything humanly possible being done,” she said, thanking young people who have organised aid efforts online as well as the 85,000 deployed firefighters, troops and aid workers.

“People here are facing a very difficult situation for the third time,” Merkel said in Bitterfeld – once a heavily polluted industrial centre in the former East Germany – pointing to the communist state’s 1990 collapse and the massive “floods of the century” in 2002.

Having promised 100 million ($130 million) in immediate aid on Tuesday, Merkel said more would be coming: “When the flood has retreated somewhat, we will have to work on an analysis of the total damage and then we will of course help … we will do our part.”

The day Merkel visited, an exhausted volunteer relief worker in his 60s collapsed and died near Magdeburg in the same eastern region – a further casualty after the regional disaster claimed 12 victims, including eight in the Czech Republic.

Bitterfeld was just one of many riverside cities threatened by the swollen Elbe, which has risen from its usual two to above eight metres (six to above 26 feet) after days of torrential rains, putting heavy strain on saturated dykes.

Tens of thousands have been evacuated – including 30,000 in the nearby city of Halle, which a day earlier reported the highest water level in 400 years on a local tributary. Nonetheless, some residents remained defiant.

“I’m staying,” said 77-year-old Bitterfeld lakeside resident Joachim Grollmitz. “I won’t let them force me out. We still have electricity and water and can stay informed about the water level.”

But he did admit to AFP to some concern about a possible breach between the two lakes, saying that “then a big wave would come and roll over us”.

The mass mobilisation had its lighter moments.

In a scene reminiscent of the book and movie “The Life of Pi”, a cheetah was taken to safety in a rubber dinghy from a nearby flooded zoo to a dry animal enclosure, now dubbed “Noah’s Ark”. The wild cat had been sedated.

AFP/mry

Photo: DPA

Experts warn mosquito plague to follow floods

Published: 7 Jun 13 07:50 CET

After the flood, the swarm. Experts are warning that the worst flooding seen in Germany for over 500 years could be followed by a plague of mosquitoes.

With so much stagnant water lying around and the possibility of warmer weather on the way, experts say many areas could be about to be invaded by swarms of the blood-sucking insects.

Only a cold snap can stop the insects now, said biologist Norbert Becker from the German Mosquito Control Association (Kabs).

If it stays very cold, then [the mosiquitoes] don’t want to bite or fly, said Becker, but if it gets warmer, then you can safely say that they will make themselves very apparent. In many places numbers could reach plague levels within the next few weeks, he added.

Those living along the Elbe, Oder, Donau, Rhine and other rivers should prepare for an inundation of mosquitoes, after flooding could trigger numerous eggs laid in damp flood planes to hatch.

We can assume that everywhere where there has been severe flooding and there are flood planes there, or also flooded fields, that a plague of mosquitoes is on its way, said Becker.

Before females can lay eggs they must mate with a male and consume some blood. Then it is only a matter of time before the insects arrive, depending on the weather.

The development of the larvae in water depends on the temperatures, said Becker. If it gets warmer, this can take one week, but up to two or more weeks in cold weather.

Becker’s Kabs organisation has recently been fighting mosquitoes along the upper Rhine by spraying breeding grounds with a protein mixture which destroys the insects’ gut and kills them.

But no such precautions have yet been taken along the Elbe, said Becker, due to a lack of staff with experience of the rare extreme flooding conditions.

They have to know the breeding grounds, they have to map them, they have to have the infrastructue people who know what to do, said Becker.

DPA/The Local/jlb” – thelocal.de

Mosquito – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Guidelines for surveillance of invasive mosquito species in Europe

Health effects of flood events

There is very limited quantitative evidence of the health impacts of floods. The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) has undertaken a preliminary review of the adverse health effects of flood events.

Flood events are the most frequently occurring natural disasters worldwide, and may increase in the future as a result of climate change. A limited number of short term epidemiological studies have been conducted to assess the health impacts of flooding, but studies of long-term health and economic impacts are lacking.

Limited data on flood events shows that the greatest “burden of mortality” is from drowning, heart attacks, hypothermia, trauma and vehicle-related accidents. The speed of onset of floodwaters is a determining factor in the number of immediate flood-related deaths.

Adverse effects on human health include the following:

  • Trauma deaths, mainly by drowning. Drowning is the leading cause of death in case of flash floods and coastal floods. Fatal injuries can occur during evacuation or during cleanup activities.
  • Flood-related injuries, such as contusions, cuts and sprains have been reported in several studies, as have burns, electrocutions, snake bites and wound infections. However, the number of serious injuries observed after violent flooding events generally turns out to be much lower than initial estimates predict.
  • Enteric infections due to the disruption of sewage disposal and safe drinking water infrastructure.
  • Increases in mental health problems such as anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, and post-traumatic stress disorder among flood victims. The risk estimates for physical illness in adults declined after adjustment for psychological distress, while psychological distress remained strongly associated with flooding after adjustment for physical illnesses.
  • Vectorborne disease, such as malaria, dengue and dengue hemorrhagic fever, yellow fever, West Nile fever and rodent-borne disease, such as leptospirosis. There is some evidence that diarrhoeal disease increases after flooding, particularly in developing countries but also in Europe. Standing water caused by heavy rainfall or overflow of rivers can act as breeding sites for mosquitoes, and therefore increase potential exposure to infections such as dengue, malaria and West Nile fever among people affected by the disaster and among emergency workers. West Nile fever has emerged in Europe after heavy rains and flooding, with outbreaks in Romania in 1996-97, the Czech Republic in 1997 and Italy in 1998.
  • There is also an increased risk of infection from diseases contracted through direct contact with polluted waters, such as wound infections, dermatitis, conjunctivitis, and ear, nose and throat infections.
  • Contamination by toxic chemicals during floods is theoretically possible but no verifiable correlation has been observed or measured so far.
  • Other negative health outcomes, for example related to the disruption of healthcare services and population displacement.

Dresden centre spared as floods ravage Germany

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Volunteers pass sandbags to shore up flood defences in Dresden An army of volunteers has been fighting to hold the waters back

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The River Elbe has crested in the German city of Dresden, flooding wide areas but sparing the historic centre.

People had worked frantically to shore up defences as the river peaked nearly 7m (22 feet) above its normal level.

It is one of many German cities battling severe floods, which have killed at least 15 people across central Europe.

Tens of thousands have been evacuated and areas further downstream are bracing for the arrival of high waters.

Dresden in the state of Saxony was badly hit by floods in 2002 but this time defences appear to have saved historic buildings including the cathedral and opera house.

Thousands of emergency personnel and residents worked through the night to fill sand bags and build up flood barriers.

Volunteers race to fill sandbags as waters rise

The same scene was repeated along the Elbe, where huge areas have been inundated. Latest fears are focused on the cities of Bitterfeld and Halle.

Chancellor Angela Merkel visited Bitterfeld on Thursday and promised further emergency aid.

The situation also remains serious in Deggendorf on the River Danube in Bavaria, where levees burst on Wednesday.

The Danube peaked on Thursday in the Slovak capital Bratislava, where the main flood defences held firm. High water in the Hungarian capital Budapest is expected on Monday.

Upstream along the Elbe in the Czech Republic, huge areas remain under water and emergency workers are using boats to get supplies to people cut off.

As a result of the flooding, three people have died in Germany, eight in the Czech Republic and four in Austria, according to an EU status report.

Map showing the rivers causing flooding in central Europe

Swollen rivers bring more flooding in central Europe

By Laura Smith-Spark. Matthew Chance and Ivana Kottasova, CNN
June 7, 2013 — Updated 0016 GMT
The Inn, left, and Danube rivers flood parts of the historic city of Passau, Germany, on Thursday, June 6. Heavy rain has left rivers swollen across Central Europe, and the <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/06/06/world/europe/europe-flood/index.html'>flooding has caused at least 15 deaths</a> and the evacuation of tens of thousands from their homes in Germany and the Czech Republic. The Inn, left, and Danube rivers flood parts of the historic city of Passau, Germany, on Thursday, June 6. Heavy rain has left rivers swollen across Central Europe, and the flooding has caused at least 15 deaths and the evacuation of tens of thousands from their homes in Germany and the Czech Republic.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: At least 15 flood deaths are reported across central Europe since the weekend
  • The River Elbe is expected to peak in the German city of Dresden within hours
  • The River Danube has also caused wide flooding in southern Germany
  • Cities downriver in Slovakia and Hungary are already on alert for the surge

Dresden, Germany (CNN) — The German city of Dresden waited anxiously Thursday to see if the swollen River Elbe, which has brought misery to thousands in the Czech Republic, would breach its flood defenses.

The river is expected to crest in Dresden late Thursday or early Friday. It is running at about 8.5 meters, compared with a normal average of 2 meters, and is likely to reach about 9 meters (30 feet) when the flow peaks.

CNN iReport: See floods through a volunteer’s eyes

The city is just one of many across central Europe to face the prospect of the worst floods since the devastating inundations of 2002.

Germany reeling from record floods

Streets turned into rivers in Germany

A look at flooding across Europe

Health risks from floods

The streets of the nearby historic town of Meissen are under several feet of water ahead of the river’s peak, affecting homes and businesses, and forcing the evacuation of some 4,500 people.

Although the sky is mostly clear, heavy rain at the weekend after a wet spring has filled the region’s rivers to bursting point. More rain is forecast for the coming weekend.

The flooding has caused at least 15 deaths across the region and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people from their homes in the Czech Republic and Germany.

The peak of the flood wave from the Czech Republic along the Elbe is expected in the eastern German states of Saxony and Saxony-Anhalt, the European Commission said.

Some 15,000 people had been evacuated from their homes in Saxony and 3,300 in Saxony-Anhalt as of early Thursday, it said. A possible evacuation of 30,000 people from Halle, near Leipzig, is also being planned.

Authorities in Saxony said at least 3.5 million sandbags have been filled and deployed in flood defenses in Dresden and surrounding towns.

After passing through Dresden, the Elbe’s floodwater will continue to flow to the north and west and should reach Torgau, in Saxony, and Wittenberg, in Saxony-Anhalt, over the weekend, said CNN meteorologist Brandon Miller.

If the crest occurs as forecast in Wittenberg it will pass the record high measured in 2002, Miller said.

Preparations are also under way further north, in the states of Brandenburg and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Rising Danube

The Danube, another of Europe’s great rivers, has caused major flooding in southern Germany and Austria, and the crest now menaces towns and cities downstream in Slovakia.

Felipe Bezerra, a 33-year-old university student, went to a bridge in Vienna, Austria, overlooking the Danube to see the surging torrent.

He told CNN iReport he was struck by the sound and force of boats’ motors, all straining against the steadily rising floodwater.

In Austria, efforts are focused on the River Danube in the province of Lower Austria, said the European Commission’s emergency response center. River levels are declining across the country but roads, railway connections and river transport remain affected.

Four people are reported to have died and three are missing in Austria, it said.

Villages and suburbs around the Slovakian capital, Bratislava, about 35 miles from Vienna, are already experiencing severe river floods, the European Commission said. The area is threatened by both the Danube and the Morava.

A state of emergency has been declared in Bratislava, where the Danube is expected to rise further on Thursday, Slovakian fire department spokeswoman Silvia Jancovicova told CNN Thursday.

Boats were used to evacuate 25 people, including a child, in the Devin neighborhood of the capital, she said.

No deaths have yet been confirmed in Slovakia, Jancovicova said.

The water level in Bratislava should start falling by midday Friday, Miller said. However, high flood warnings are posted for the entire Danube in lower Slovakia along the border with Hungary until Monday.

In Germany, the situation has stabilized along the Danube, the European Commission’s emergency response center said. About 12,600 people have been evacuated in the southern Bavaria region, and many roads and railway lines are closed.

An emergency alert is still in place in the Bavarian town of Regensburg, and Deggendorf is completely cut off, it said.

Some 55,000 emergency workers, most of them members of local fire services, have been involved in Germany’s flood response efforts, Interior Ministry spokesman Markus Beyer said.

Another 25,000 people — including 12,000 federal civil protection workers, 5,500 soldiers and 2,500 federal police officers — have also been deployed since Saturday, he said.

The flood wave in the Danube is expected to reach the Hungarian capital, Budapest, on Sunday, it said.

A state of emergency was declared this week in three counties along the river Danube in northwestern Hungary, as well as in Budapest.

Czech Republic fears more rains to come

The historic center of the Czech capital, Prague, was largely spared as the swollen Vltava River peaked there earlier this week, but other areas fared less well.

Some 700 towns were affected by the floods, Czech fire service spokeswoman Nicole Zaoralova said Thursday.

Some of the 19,000 people evacuated are now able to return to their homes, she said, but the country is not yet in the clear.

More heavy rain is expected during the weekend and authorities are doing what they can to regulate water levels on the Vltava ahead of this, she said.

In northern Bohemia, the River Labe, as the Elbe is known there, reached its peak levels around midnight Wednesday, she said. However, the risk of flooding remains high due to the weather forecast.

More rainfall is also expected in Prague, especially toward the end of the weekend, she said.

Eight deaths have been reported in the Czech Republic and four people are missing, a fire service spokeswoman said Thursday.

Three deaths occurred Saturday in southwestern Germany, the Interior Ministry for the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg said.

CNN’s Matthew Chance reported from Dresden and Ivana Kottasova reported from London, where Laura Smith-Spark also wrote and reported. CNN’s Sarah Brown and Mari Ramos also contributed.

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Flood waters have reached Slovakia killing one person – bringing the overall death toll to twelve.While the clean – up begins in some parts of Germany, people in Hungary are bracing themselves for a record flooding expected later this week.

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Floods continue to wreak havoc across northern and central Europe.

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At least sixteen people have now died and four others are missing in floods have swept through central Europe.Thousands of people have been evacuated in Germany alone, where rivers have burst through dams and walls of sandbags to flood towns and fields.But while rescuers have helped those in the hardest-hit areas, some have said they yet to receive help.Al Jazeeras Nick Spicer reports from Deggendorf, in Bavaria, south-east Germany.

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

Thousands of people were moved from the Bavarian town as levees along the Danube and Isar rivers broke.

Floodwater is also threatening parts of Austria and the Czech Republic.

At least 12 people have died and two are missing as a result of the floods across the three countries, triggered by heavy rain following a wet spring.

Seven deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic and three in Germany, while two people were reported dead and two missing in Austria, according to a European Commission update early on Tuesday evening.

Parts of Germany have not seen such severe flooding in centuries. However, in the Czech Republic, the water level has stabilised in the capital Prague, where there had been fears of a repeat of disasters in 2002 and 1997.

Records beaten
Firefighter Alois Schraufstetter said the floodwater in Deggendorf was already 3m (9.8ft) high. This is a life-threatening situation, he was quoted as saying by Germanys DPA news agency.

Around 600 people have been evacuated in Dresden alone
Four farmers were rescued at the very last minute by a helicopter before their tractor was submerged, he added.

The level of the River Elbe in the historic German city of Dresden, where at least 600 people were evacuated, is not expected to peak until Thursday morning.

In another eastern city, Halle, streets were under water on Wednesday morning. According to German news magazine Spiegel, it is the highest water level in the city in four centuries.

Meanwhile, the floods were receding in the south German city of Passau. People could be seen sweeping up muck from their streets.

In the Austrian city of Krems, emergency workers have been shoring up a dyke under threat from the swollen Danube.

Thousands of people left their homes in the Czech Republic in recent days as floodwater threatened to overwhelm flood barriers.

In the low-lying industrial city of Usti nad Labem, the River Elbe was spilling over the 10m-high (33ft-high) metal flood barriers.

The peak there is expected some time on Wednesday.

The main rail link connecting Prague and Berlin in Germany has been underwater, with trains being diverted.

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The German army works around the clock trying to save the eastern city of Halle on the Saale river near Leipzig from further flooding.

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As flood levels in some parts of Germany were set to reach record highs last seen in 2002, the army was deployed to the eastern city of Halle where soldiers on Wednesday (June 05) were working around the clock.

[Christoph Weinmeister, Lieutenant Colonel]:
We had a four-hour break at some point but other than that, we worked through.

[Christoph Weinmeister, Lieutenant Colonel]:
We were deployed here and then in the old town but that was called off because it made no more sense.

[Vincent Volandt, Military Policeman]:
The longest we were awake was 31 hours in a row. But in a situation like this, you dont really think of sleeping.

According to the local authorities, the pressure on the dams is increasing and residents in some parts of the city were asked to evacuate their homes.

Flood rescuers go door to door by boat in Passau, Germany

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Eight people have died following severe flooding in parts of central Europe.

In the Bavarian town of Passau, floodwaters have now reached a level not seen since the 16th Century, making much of the town inaccessible.

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Hochwasser weiterhin Chaos in Nord-und Mitteleuropa anrichten.

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Die Ironie ist, dass, whrend das Wetter klar ist, Run-off bedeutet, dass Fluniveaus steigen weiter.

In Deutschland hat sich die Armee in ausgearbeitet, um zu helfen.

Die letzte groe Hochwasser war im Jahr 2002 – sie werden jetzt sagen, dass entlang der Elbe, dieser wird sogar noch schlimmer.

Das gleiche gilt entlang der Donau passiert.

Auf der sterreichisch-slowakischen Grenze, arbeiten Hunderte von Feuerwehrleuten zu retten, was sie nach dem Fluss ber die Ufer getreten.

Budapest ist auch wappnet sich gegen Hochwasser Rekord aus dem geschwollenen Donau.

Die Behrden erwarten hohe Wasserstnde zu Spitze am kommenden Montag bei rund 8,75 Metern. Flood Vorbereitungen sind an 20 Standorten in der ganzen Stadt unterwegs.

Es ist besonders besorgniserregend, aber ber einen kleinen Zoo auf der Margareteninsel – eine beliebte Touristenattraktion in der Stadt.

300.000 Sandscke verwendet worden, um eine neun Meter hohen Damm zu bauen.

Eine Operation ist im Gange, um die Tiere aus ihren Gehegen zu evakuieren.
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Merkel lobt Flut kmpfen Bemhungen

Verffentlicht: 7 13. Juni 07:40 CET

Wunderbare Solidaritt “von Zehntausenden kmpft gegen schlimmste Fluss Mitteleuropas berschwemmungen seit ber einem Jahrzehnt” Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel hat die gelobt “und versprach mehr Hilfe fr die Opfer auf ihrem zweiten Besuch in drei Tagen zu einer Katastrophe betroffenen Gebieten.

Experten warnen Mckenplage zu berschwemmungen folgen – National (7. Juni 13)
Deutsch berschwemmungen ‘drfte Milliarden kosten “- National (6. Juni 13)
Sandsack Freiwilligen: “Sie haben zu helfen” – Analyse & Meinung (6. Juni 13)

Weite Strecken entlang der Elbe haben im Nordosten Deutschland und stromaufwrts wurde in der Tschechischen Republik unter Wasser, nur mit Bumen und roten Ziegeldchern ragte aus dem schlammigen Wasser in vielen verlassenen Drfern jetzt nur per Boot oder Hubschrauber.

Das Bild der Verwstung war hnlich entlang des mchtigen Donau, die seine Ufer gesprungen ist in Deutschland der sdlichen Freistaat Bayern und sterreich und lste groen Katastrophe Vorbereitungen in Ungarn, wo das Wasser zu Spitze in den kommenden Tagen erwartet wurde.

Merkel am Donnerstag besucht eines der Flut bedrohten Deutschland Stdte, Bitterfeld in Sachsen-Anhalt, wo zwei Seen, einer hher als der andere, gefhrlich nahe Webstuhl, bedrohlich, was den Einheimischen genannt wird ein “Mini-Tsunami” und zwingt einen Massen-Evakuierung.

“Die Leute sind verngstigt und es ist verstndlich”, sagte Merkel, die Hnde mit Soldaten und Zivilisten ber den Besuch kommenden vier Monate vor den Wahlen schttelte.

“Wir knnen nicht ungeschehen machen die Kraft der Natur, aber ich glaube, die Leute knnen alles Menschenmgliche getan wird, zhlen”, sagte sie und dankte jungen Menschen, die Hilfsmanahmen online als auch die eingesetzten 85.000 Feuerwehrleute, Soldaten und Helfer organisiert haben.

“Die Menschen hier stehen vor einer sehr schwierigen Situation zum dritten Mal”, sagte Merkel in Bitterfeld – einmal stark verschmutzten industriellen Zentrum im ehemaligen Ost-Deutschland -, die auf der kommunistische Staat im Jahr 1990 Kollaps und der massive “Jahrhunderthochwasser” im Jahr 2002 .

Nachdem versprochen 100.000.000 (130.000.000 $) in Soforthilfe am Dienstag, sagte Merkel mehr kommen wrde: “Wenn die Flut hat sich etwas zurckgezogen, wir mssen auf einer Analyse der gesamten Schaden zu arbeiten und dann werden wir natrlich Hilfe. .. wir werden unseren Teil tun. ”

Der Tag Merkel besucht, ein erschpfter ehrenamtliche Helferin in seinen 60ern zusammenbrach und starb in der Nhe von Magdeburg in der gleichen Region Ost – ein weiterer Unfall, nachdem die regionale Katastrophe Anspruch 12 Opfer, darunter acht in der Tschechischen Republik.

Bitterfeld war nur eine von vielen Stdten, die von dem Fluss Elbe geschwollen, die von seiner blichen zwei bis acht Meter weiter oben gestiegen (sechs bis ber 26 Fu) nach tagelangen sintflutartigen Regenfllen, setzen schwere Belastung fr gesttigte Deiche bedroht.

Zehntausende wurden evakuiert – darunter 30.000 in der nahe gelegenen Stadt Halle, die einen Tag zuvor berichtet der hchste Wasserstand seit 400 Jahren auf einem lokalen Nebenfluss. Dennoch blieben einige Bewohner trotzig.

“Ich bleibe”, sagte 77-jhrige Bitterfeld See ansssigen Joachim Grollmitz. “Ich werde nicht zulassen, sie zwingen mich raus. Wir haben noch Strom und Wasser und kann ber den Wasserstand informiert zu bleiben.”

Aber er tat es gebe zu AFP einige Besorgnis ber einen mglichen Bruch zwischen den beiden Seen und sagte, dass “dann eine groe Welle kommen wrde und rollen ber uns.”

Die Massenmobilisierung hatte seine lichte Momente.

In einer Szene erinnert an das Buch und Film “The Life of Pi”, wurde ein Gepard, um die Sicherheit in einem Schlauchboot von einem nahe gelegenen berfluteten Zoo zu einem trockenen Tiergehege, jetzt genannt “Arche Noah”. Die Wildkatze war sediert.

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Experten warnen Mckenplage zu berschwemmungen folgen

Verffentlicht: 13. Juni 7 07.50 CET

Nach der Flut, der Schwarm. Experten warnen, dass die schlimmsten berschwemmungen in Deutschland seit ber 500 Jahren gesehen von einer Mckenplage verfolgt werden konnte.

Sandsack Freiwilligen: “Sie haben zu helfen” – Analyse & Meinung (6. Juni 13)
Vorher und nachher: ​​Sieben deutsche Stdte berflutet – National (5. Juni 13)
Merkel verspricht 100 Mio. Fluthilfe – National (4. Juni 13)

Bei so viel stehendes Wasser herumliegen und die Mglichkeit der wrmeren Jahreszeit auf dem Weg, sagen Experten vielen Bereichen knnte etwa durch Schwrme von den blutsaugenden Insekten angegriffen werden.

Nur ein Klteeinbruch kann die Insekten jetzt aufhren, sagt der Biologe Norbert Becker von der deutschen Mosquito Control Association (Kabs).

“Wenn es sehr kalt bleibt, dann [die mosiquitoes] wollen nicht beien oder zu fliegen”, sagte Becker, aber wenn es wrmer wird, “dann kann man sicher sagen, dass sie machen sich sehr deutlich.” In vielen Orten Zahlen knnte Pest Ebenen innerhalb der nchsten Wochen zu erreichen, fgte er hinzu.

Diese leben entlang der Elbe, Oder, sollte Donau, Rhein und andere Flsse fr eine berschwemmung von Mcken vorbereiten, nach der Flutung konnte zahlreiche Eier in feuchten Flut Flugzeuge Luke legte auslsen.

“Wir knnen davon ausgehen, dass berall, wo hat es schwere berschwemmungen und Hochwasser gibt es Flugzeuge gibt, oder auch berfluteten Feldern, dass eine Mckenplage auf dem Weg ist”, sagte Becker.

Vor Weibchen Eier legen knnen mssen sie mit einem mnnlichen paaren und verbrauchen etwas Blut. Dann ist es nur eine Frage der Zeit, bevor die Insekten, kommen je nach Witterung.

“Die Entwicklung der Larven im Wasser hngt von den Temperaturen”, sagte Becker. Wenn es wrmer wird, kann dies eine Woche dauern, aber bis zu zwei oder mehr Wochen in der kalten Jahreszeit.

Beckers Kabs Organisation hat vor kurzem gekmpft Mcken entlang des Oberrheins durch Besprhen Brutsttten mit einem Protein Mischung, die die Insekten Darm zerstrt und ttet sie.

Aber keine solche Vorsichtsmanahmen noch entlang der Elbe getroffen worden, sagte Becker, aufgrund eines Mangels an Personal mit Erfahrung der seltenen extremen berschwemmungen Bedingungen.

“Sie mssen die Brutsttten wissen, sie sie zuordnen mssen, sie haben die infrastructue haben – Menschen, die wissen was zu tun”, sagte Becker.

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Richtlinien fr die berwachung von invasive Mckenarten in Europa
Gesundheitliche Auswirkungen von Hochwasserereignissen

Es ist sehr begrenzt quantitative Nachweis der gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen von berschwemmungen. Das Europische Zentrum fr die Prvention und die Kontrolle von Krankheiten (ECDC) hat eine vorlufige Bewertung der gesundheitsschdlichen Auswirkungen von Hochwasserereignissen vorgenommen.

Hochwasserereignisse sind die am hufigsten auftretenden Naturkatastrophen weltweit und kann sich in Zukunft als Folge des Klimawandels zunehmen. Eine begrenzte Zahl von kurzfristigen epidemiologischen Studien wurden durchgefhrt, um die gesundheitlichen Auswirkungen von berschwemmungen zu beurteilen, aber Studien von langfristigen gesundheitlichen und wirtschaftlichen Auswirkungen fehlen.

Begrenzte Daten auf Hochwasserereignisse zeigt, dass die grten “Last der Sterblichkeit” ist vor dem Ertrinken, Herzinfarkt, Hypothermie, Trauma und Fahrzeug-Unflle. Die Geschwindigkeit des Einsetzens von Hochwasser ist ein entscheidender Faktor in der Zahl der unmittelbaren Flut-Todesflle.

Nachteilige Auswirkungen auf die menschliche Gesundheit gehren die folgenden:

Trauma Todesflle, vor allem durch Ertrinken. Ertrinken ist die hufigste Todesursache bei Sturzfluten und Kstengebieten. Fatal Verletzungen knnen whrend der Evakuierung oder whrend der Bereinigung Aktivitten auftreten.
Flood-Verletzungen, wie Prellungen, Schnitte und Verstauchungen wurden in mehreren Studien berichtet worden, wie Verbrennungen, Stromschlge, Schlangenbisse und Wundinfektionen haben. Allerdings ist die Zahl der Schwerverletzten nach heftigen berschwemmungen Ereignisse beobachtet Regel erweist sich als sehr viel niedriger als ersten Schtzungen prognostizieren.
Darminfektionen aufgrund der Unterbrechung der Abwasserbeseitigung und Trinkwasserversorgung Infrastruktur.
Erhht in psychischen Problemen wie Angst, Depression, Schlaflosigkeit, und post-traumatische Belastungsstrung unter Flutopfer. Die Risikoeinschtzungen fr krperliche Erkrankungen bei Erwachsenen sank bereinigt um psychische Belastung, whrend psychische Belastung blieb stark mit berschwemmungen nach Adjustierung fr krperliche Erkrankungen assoziiert.
Vektorkrankheiten Erkrankungen wie Malaria, Dengue-Fieber und Dengue-hmorrhagisches Fieber, Gelbfieber, West-Nil-Fieber und Nagetier-bertragene Krankheiten wie Leptospirose. Es gibt einige Hinweise, dass Durchfallerkrankungen nach der Flutung, insbesondere in Entwicklungslndern, sondern auch in Europa erhht. Stehendes Wasser durch starke Regenflle oder berflutungen verursacht als Brutsttten fr Moskitos zu handeln, und erhhen somit die potenzielle Exposition gegenber Infektionen wie Dengue-Fieber, Malaria und West-Nil-Fieber unter den Menschen von der Katastrophe betroffen und unter Rettungsassistenten. West-Nil-Fieber ist in Europa nach starken Regenfllen und berschwemmungen entstanden, mit Ausbrchen in Rumnien in den Jahren 1996-97, der Tschechischen Republik im Jahr 1997 und in Italien im Jahr 1998.
Es ist auch ein erhhtes Risiko einer Infektion von Krankheiten durch direkten Kontakt mit verschmutzten Gewssern, wie Wundinfektionen, Dermatitis, Konjunktivitis und Ohr, Nase und Rachen-Infektionen beauftragt.
Verschmutzung durch giftige Chemikalien bei Hochwasser ist theoretisch mglich, aber kein nachweislich Korrelation wurde beobachtet oder gemessen so weit.
Weitere negative gesundheitlichen Folgen, zum Beispiel im Zusammenhang mit der Unterbrechung von Dienstleistungen im Gesundheitsbereich und Verdrngung der Bevlkerung.

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Die Elbe hat in der deutschen Stadt Dresden erklommen, berschwemmungen weiten Bereichen aber schonen das historische Zentrum.

Die Menschen hatten verzweifelt zu sttzen Verteidigung als der Fluss erreichte fast 7m (22 Fu) ber seinem normalen Niveau gearbeitet.

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Dresden im Bundesland Sachsen wurde schwer von den berschwemmungen im Jahr 2002 getroffen, aber diesmal Abwehrkrfte scheinen gerettet historischen Gebuden wie der Kathedrale und der Oper haben.

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Die gleiche Szene wurde entlang der Elbe, wo riesige Gebiete berschwemmt worden sind wiederholt. Letzte ngste werden auf die Stdte Bitterfeld und Halle konzentriert.

Bundeskanzlerin Angela Merkel besucht Bitterfeld am Donnerstag und versprach weitere Nothilfe.

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Die Donau erreichte am Donnerstag in der slowakischen Hauptstadt Bratislava, wo die wichtigsten Hochwasserschutz blieb standhaft. Hochwasser in der ungarischen Hauptstadt Budapest wird am Montag erwartet.

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STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NEU: Mindestens 15 Tote Flut sind ber Mitteleuropa seit dem Wochenende berichtet
Die Elbe wird erwartet, dass in der deutschen Stadt Dresden innerhalb weniger Stunden ihren Hhepunkt
Die Donau hat auch groe berschwemmungen im sdlichen Deutschland verursacht
Stdte flussabwrts in der Slowakei und Ungarn sind bereits in Alarmbereitschaft fr den Anstieg

Dresden, Deutschland (CNN) – Die deutsche Stadt Dresden wartete gespannt Donnerstag zu sehen, wenn die geschwollene Elbe, das Elend gebracht hat, um Tausende in der Tschechischen Republik, die Hochwasserschutzanlagen verstoen wrde.

Der Fluss wird erwartet, dass in Dresden am spten Donnerstag oder frhen Freitag Crest. Es befindet sich auf etwa 8,5 Meter luft, im Vergleich mit einem normalen Durchschnitt von 2 Metern und drfte auf etwa 9 Meter (30 Fu), wenn die Strmung Gipfel zu erreichen.

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Die Stadt ist nur eine von vielen in ganz Mitteleuropa, um die Aussicht auf die schlimmsten berschwemmungen seit den verheerenden berschwemmungen des Jahres 2002 konfrontiert.

Deutschland Kokons aus Rekordberschwemmungen

Streets verwandelte sich in Flssen in Deutschland

Ein Blick auf die berschwemmungen in Europa

Gesundheitliche Risiken von berschwemmungen

Die Straen der nahe gelegenen historischen Stadt Meien sind unter mehreren Meter Wasser vor des Flusses Spitze, beeinflussen Huser und Geschfte, und zwang die Evakuierung von rund 4.500 Menschen.

Obwohl der Himmel ist meist klar, schwere regen am Wochenende nach einer nassen Frhling hat den Bchen der Region bis zum Bersten gefllt. Mehr regen wird fr das kommende Wochenende prognostiziert.

Das Hochwasser hat mindestens 15 Todesflle in der Region verursacht und zwang die Evakuierung von Zehntausenden von Menschen aus ihren Husern in der Tschechischen Republik und Deutschland.

Der Hhepunkt der Hochwasserwelle aus der Tschechischen Republik entlang der Elbe in den ostdeutschen Bundeslndern Sachsen und Sachsen-Anhalt erwartet wird, sagte, die Europische Kommission.

Rund 15.000 Menschen aus ihren Husern in Sachsen und 3.300 in Sachsen-Anhalt hatte zum frhen Donnerstagmorgen evakuiert, hie es. Eine mgliche Evakuierung von 30.000 Menschen aus Halle, in der Nhe von Leipzig, ist ebenfalls geplant.

Die Behrden in Sachsen mindestens 3,5 Millionen Sandscke wurden gefllt und eingesetzt in Hochwasserschutz in Dresden und den umliegenden Stdten.

Nach Durchlaufen Dresden, der Elbe Hochwasser wird weiterhin auf den Norden und Westen flieen und sollte Torgau, in Sachsen und Wittenberg in Sachsen-Anhalt, ber das Wochenende zu erreichen, sagte CNN-Meteorologe Brandon Miller.

Wenn der Kamm tritt als prognostiziert in Wittenberg wird es das Rekordhoch im Jahr 2002 gemessen passieren, sagte Miller.

Die Vorbereitungen sind im Gange auch weiter nrdlich, in den Lndern Brandenburg und Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.

Steigende Donau

Die Donau, ein weiterer der groen Flsse Europas, hat groen berschwemmungen im sdlichen Deutschland und sterreich verursacht, und das Wappen jetzt bedroht Stdten stromabwrts in der Slowakei.

Felipe Bezerra, eine 33-jhrige Studentin, ging an einer Brcke in Wien, sterreich, mit Blick auf die Donau, um die steigenden torrent sehen.

Er sagte CNN iReport wurde er durch den Klang und die Kraft der Boote ‘Motoren getroffen, alle Anstrengung gegen die stetig steigende Hochwasser.

In sterreich, die Bemhungen an der Donau im Bundesland Niedersterreich sterreich konzentrieren, sagte der Europischen Kommission Notrufzentrale. Fluss Ebenen sind im ganzen Land rcklufig, aber Straen, Bahnverbindungen und Binnenschifffahrt bleiben betroffen.

Vier Menschen gemeldet sind gestorben und drei sind in sterreich fehlen, hie es.

Drfer und Vororte rund um die slowakische Hauptstadt Bratislava, etwa 35 Meilen von Wien entfernt, erleben bereits schwere Hochwasser in Flssen, die die Europische Kommission. Das Gebiet ist sowohl von der Donau und der March bedroht.

Der Ausnahmezustand in Bratislava, wo die Donau voraussichtlich weiter steigen, am Donnerstag ist erklrt worden, sagte slowakischen Feuerwehr Sprecherin Silvia Janoviov CNN am Donnerstag.

Boote wurden verwendet, um 25 Menschen, darunter ein Kind, in der Devin Nachbarschaft der Hauptstadt zu evakuieren, sagte sie.

Keine Todesflle noch in der Slowakei besttigt wurde, sagte Janoviov.

Der Wasserstand in Bratislava sinken beginnen sollten Mittag Freitag, sagte Miller. Allerdings sind hohe Flut Warnungen fr die gesamte Donau in der Slowakei niedriger entlang der Grenze zu Ungarn bis Montag gebucht.

In Deutschland hat sich die Situation entlang der Donau stabilisiert, sagte der Europischen Kommission Notrufzentrale. ber 12.600 Menschen haben in der sdlichen Region Bayern evakuiert worden, und viele Straen und Eisenbahnlinien sind geschlossen.

Ein Notruf ist noch an seinem Platz in der bayerischen Stadt Regensburg und Deggendorf ist vllig abgeschnitten, hie es.

Rund 55.000 Rettungsassistenten, die meisten von ihnen Mitglieder der rtlichen Feuerwehren, in Deutschland die Flut Antwort Bemhungen beteiligt gewesen, sagte Sprecher des Innenministeriums Markus Beyer.

Weitere 25.000 Menschen – darunter 12.000 Bundesbeamten Schutz der Arbeitnehmer, 5.500 Soldaten und 2.500 Bundespolizisten – haben auch seit Samstag im Einsatz, sagte er.

Die Flutwelle in der Donau erwartet, dass die ungarische Hauptstadt, Budapest, am Sonntag zu erreichen, hie es.

Ein Ausnahmezustand erklrt wurde diese Woche in drei Landkreisen entlang der Donau im Nordwesten Ungarns, sowie in Budapest.

Tschechien frchtet mehr Regen zu kommen

Das historische Zentrum der tschechischen Hauptstadt Prag, wurde weitgehend verschont wie die geschwollene Moldau erreichte es Anfang der Woche, aber in anderen Bereichen erging es weniger gut.

Rund 700 Stdte, die von den berschwemmungen betroffen waren, sagte der tschechische Feuerwehr-Sprecherin Nicole Zaoralova Freitag.

Einige der 19.000 Menschen evakuiert sind jetzt in der Lage, in ihre Huser zurckkehren, sagte sie, aber das Land ist noch nicht im klaren.

Weitere schwere regen am Wochenende erwartet wird und Behrden sind zu tun, was sie knnen, um Wasserstnde an der Moldau vor diese zu regulieren, sagte sie.

In Nordbhmen, die Elbe, die Elbe dort bekannt ist, erreichte ihren Hhepunkt um Mitternacht Ebenen Mittwoch, sagte sie. Allerdings bleibt die Gefahr von berschwemmungen hoch aufgrund der Wettervorhersage.

Mehr Niederschlge auch in Prag erwartet, vor allem gegen Ende des Wochenendes, sagte sie.

Acht Todesflle in der Tschechischen Republik berichtet worden und vier Menschen werden vermisst, sagte ein Feuerwehr-Sprecherin am Donnerstag.

Drei Todesflle ereignete sich Samstag im Sdwesten Deutschland, sagte das Innenministerium fr das Bundesland Baden-Wrttemberg.

CNN Matthew Chance von Dresden und Ivana Kottasova gemeldet aus London, wo Laura Smith-Spark-schrieb auch und gemeldet. CNN Sarah Brown und Mari Ramos ebenfalls dazu beigetragen.
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CNN Matthew Chance bekommt eine exklusive Antenne Blick auf einige der Bereiche, die am strksten von berschwemmungen betroffen Europas.
Europa berschwemmungen

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Flutwasser haben Slowakei erreicht eine Person gettet – womit sich die Gesamtzahl der Todesopfer, die saubere twelve.While – up beginnt in einigen Teilen von Deutschland, sind die Menschen in Ungarn bereiten sich fr einen Datensatz berschwemmungen voraussichtlich noch in dieser Woche.
Ungarn verstrkt Hochwasserschutz

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Soldaten in Ungarn bereiten ihre Abwehrkrfte. Die Donau hat die Grenzen des Landes berschritten …
Hochwasser weiterhin Chaos in Nord-und Mitteleuropa anrichten: Caught On Kamera

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Hochwasser weiterhin Chaos in Nord-und Mitteleuropa anrichten.
Rettungskrfte eilen in wie berschwemmungen Strang Deutschen

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Mindestens sechzehn Menschen haben jetzt starb und vier weitere sind in den Fluten vermisst haben durch zentrale Europe.Thousands von Menschen gefegt haben allein in Deutschland, wo Flsse durch Dmme und Mauern aus Sandscken zu berschwemmen Stdte und fields.But geplatzt wurde evakuiert, whrend Rettungskrfte haben geholfen, die in den am schwersten betroffenen Gebieten, haben einige gesagt sie noch help.Al Jazeera Nick Spicer Berichte aus Deggendorf, in Bayern, Sd-Ost-Deutschland zu erhalten.
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Rettung im sdlichen Deutschland wurden mit Hubschraubern von den Dchern, um Familien in der Stadt Deggendorf zupfen wie die Donau Hochwasser-Krise geht weiter.

Tausende von Menschen wurden von der bayerischen Stadt bewegt, wie Deiche entlang der Donau und Isar brach.

Floodwater bedroht auch Teile von sterreich und der Tschechischen Republik.

Mindestens 12 Menschen starben und zwei werden als Folge der berschwemmungen fehlt in den drei Lndern, ausgelst durch schwere regen nach einem nassen Frhling.

Sieben Todesflle wurden in der Tschechischen Republik und drei in Deutschland verzeichnet, whrend zwei Personen wurden gemeldet Tote und zwei fehlen in sterreich, laut einer EU-Kommission Anfang Update am Dienstag Abend.

Teile von Deutschland haben nicht so schweren berschwemmungen in Jahrhunderten gesehen. Doch in der Tschechischen Republik, hat der Wasserstand in der Hauptstadt Prag stabilisiert, wo es war die Angst vor einer Wiederholung der Katastrophen im Jahr 2002 und 1997.

Rekorde geschlagen
Feuerwehrmann Alois Schraufstetter sagte der Hochwasser in Deggendorf war bereits 3m (9,8 ft) hoch. “Dies ist eine lebensbedrohliche Situation”, er wurde mit den Worten von DPA News Deutschland-Agentur zitiert.

Rund 600 Menschen haben allein in Dresden evakuiert
Vier Bauern in der allerletzten Minute wurden von einem Hubschrauber gerettet vor ihrem Traktor berflutet wurde, fgte er hinzu.

Der Pegel der Elbe in der historischen deutschen Stadt Dresden, wo mindestens 600 Menschen wurden evakuiert, ist nicht zu erwarten, bis Donnerstagmorgen Hhepunkt.

In anderen stlichen Stadt, Halle, waren Straen unter Wasser am Mittwochmorgen. Laut deutschen Nachrichtenmagazins Spiegel, ist er der hchste Wasserstand in der Stadt in vier Jahrhunderten.

In der Zwischenzeit wurden die berschwemmungen in der sddeutschen Stadt Passau rcklufig. Die Leute konnten sehen fegt Dreck von ihren Straen werden.

In der sterreichischen Stadt Krems, haben Rettungskrfte wurde Sttzung einen Deich unter der Bedrohung durch den geschwollenen Donau.

Tausende von Menschen verlieen ihre Huser in der Tschechischen Republik in den letzten Tagen als Hochwasser drohte Sperrwerke berwltigen.

In den niedrig gelegenen Industriestadt Usti nad Labem wurde die Elbe ber die 10m-high (33ft-high) Metall Sperrwerke verschtten.

Der Gipfel wird einige Zeit am Mittwoch erwartet.

Die wichtigste Bahnverbindung zwischen Prag und Berlin in Deutschland hat unter Wasser, mit Zgen umgeleitet worden.
Deutsch Soldaten Untersttzung in Kampf gegen berschwemmungen

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Die deutsche Armee arbeitet rund um die Uhr versuchen, den Ostteil der Stadt Halle an der Saale sparen bei Leipzig vor weiteren berschwemmungen.

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Als Hochwasser in einigen Teilen von Deutschland wurden auf Rekordhhen zuletzt 2002 gesehen zu erreichen, wurde die Armee der stlichen Stadt Halle, wo Soldaten am Mittwoch (5. Juni) rund um die Uhr arbeiten eingesetzt wurden.

[Christoph Weinmeister, Oberstleutnant]:
“Wir hatten eine vierstndige Pause an einem gewissen Punkt, aber anders als das, arbeiteten wir durch.”

[Christoph Weinmeister, Oberstleutnant]:
“Wir waren hier, und dann in der Altstadt im Einsatz, aber das war aus, weil es keinen Sinn mehr gemacht genannt.”

[Vincent Volandt, Militr Polizist]:
“Die lngste waren wir wach war 31 Stunden in einer Reihe. Aber in einer Situation wie dieser, die Sie nicht wirklich an Schlaf zu denken. ”

Nach Angaben der lokalen Behrden wird der Druck auf die Dmme erhht und Bewohner in einigen Teilen der Stadt wurden aufgefordert, ihre Huser zu verlassen.
Flood Retter gehen von Tr zu Tr mit dem Schiff in Passau, Deutschland

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Acht Menschen wurden nach schweren berschwemmungen in Teilen Mitteleuropas gestorben.

In der bayerischen Stadt Passau, haben jetzt eine Hochwasser den hchsten Stand seit dem 16. Jahrhundert gesehen erreicht, so viel von der Stadt nicht zugnglich.
Hochwasser Deutschland 04.06.2013 – Deutschland Flood Katastrophe – Passau – Würzburg usw. – Evakuierung

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Czech Republic: Major flood risk remains for Bohemia; 8 dead and 19,000 evacuated. Prague city water level stabilised – 050613 2335z

The Vltavas bend in Prague 17 November 2011 (Photo: wikimedia.org)

On Tuesday, at least 10 people were confirmed dead in Czech Republic.

About nine others are reportedly missing.

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency on June 2 and promised relief aid.

The Czech Republic capital, Prague, is preparing for more flooding as the Vltava river is continuing to rise.

Tuesday, 04 June, 2013 at 08:32 UTC RSOE

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Vltava Basin, meteorologists not to blame for floods – Czech PM

Zleva ministr dopravy Zbyněk Stanjura, premir Petr Nečas a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl vystoupili 5. června v Praze na tiskov konferenci po jednn vldy.

vydno: 05.06.2013, 16:35 | aktualizace: 05.06.2013 16:59

Prague – Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said today the flood-related problems can be blamed neither on the Vltava Basin management nor meteorologists and Agriculture Minister Petr Bendl (both Civic Democrats, ODS) echoed his opinion.

They were reacting to various critics of the flood situation.

Bendl said he will submit an analysis of the steps taken by the Vltava Basin management during the flooding to the government.

Necas said the Vltava Cascade and the Vltava Basin were proceeding correctly based on the prognoses of the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU).

“I want to stress that it is weather forecasting, that it is not even possible to blame the CHMU for not having guessed the amount of precipitation, it is really a very complicated thing, even though scientific and based on mathematical models,” Necas said after a government meeting.

Bendl said the cascade maximally used its retention capacities when a huge quantity of water arrived within a short time.

He said the worst situation is when the quantity of water no longer allows the regulation of outflow from water cannons.

Bendl said this did not happen this year, it happened during the devastating floods in 2002.

“In every stage we were in a situation where we were able also through you (journalists) to say how much water will flow through dams and when approximately,” Bendl said.

He said it is up to people and offices beneath the dams what steps to take.

Necas said the government will not say everything was excellent, but it is convinced that people did their work as well as they could, which does not mean that something may be improved.

The flood danger still persists in 25 places in Bohemia. The floods have claimed eight lives and firefighters have evacuated over 19,000 inhabitants. The damage is estimated at billions of crowns.

($1=19.689 crowns)

Autor: ČTK
www.ctk.cz

(Photo: AFP/channelnewsasia.com) Emergency services build anti-flood barriers on june 2 2013 in Prague

Prague evacuated because of flooding

Daily Mail Monday, June 03 2013

Flooding in Prague

Prague residents began to evacuate parts of the historic Czech capital before dawn today, hours before the worst flood in over a century was expected to hit the city.

Prague authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 50,000 people, faced by an approaching tide of water after days of rainfall swelled rivers in the south of the central European country and killed seven people.

Shop owners worked overnight to save their goods. Soldiers along with hundreds of volunteers were filling bags with sand and building walls to protect the picturesque medieval quarter of Mala Strana.

Torrential rains have also hit neighbouring Germany and Austria and floods in Russia killed dozens of people, bringing the death toll from European storms to more than 70 in a week.

Prague Mayor Igor Nemec told a news conference that parts of Mala Strana would be flooded by the afternoon because heavy rain in the south forced dams on the river Vltava, which flows through Prague, to open their gates.

We will sound sirens between six and seven oclock to start the next phase of evacuation, he said. People who are affected should prepare for about a four-day trip.

Nemec said the 14th-century Charles Bridge, one of Pragues main tourist attractions decorated with statues of saints, would be closed to the public to allow cranes to remove tree trunks and other debris carried along by the rapidly flowing river.

Water was already overflowing the Vltavas banks in some communities on the outskirts of Prague, especially in the south, and the rain continued to fall.

Jiri Friedel from Povodi Vltavy, a state company managing dams on the Vltava, said Prague had not since 1890 seen the river as high. He said water may rise to one to two metres in some residential areas.

He said he expected the mass of water splashing through the city to reach 20 times the average for this time of the year.

A hospital on the Vltava bank was evacuated. The mayor asked psychologists to help at shelters for evacuees and ordered 3,000 young men enlisted for civic duty to help rescuers.

There was no panic on the streets in the early hours today and many residents appeared to be planning to wait a few more hours to leave their homes.

We are going to a store where I work, then we will go to our relatives, said 75-year-old Arnost Hartman, who was leaving the working-class quarter Karlin, the largest evacuated area, with his wife.

Irena Hrubantova, a 33-year-old waitress at a gambling bar in Karlin, said she had not heard about the evacuations until a friend phoned her four hours after they were ordered.

But now my boss is telling me over the phone I must not leave and guard it here, she said, adding that she was afraid she would lose her job if she left.

Mayor Nemec tried to soothe fears about possible looting, saying police and soldiers would guard all the emptied areas.

The Prague Zoo Garden begun evacuating some animals, including birds and monkeys whose cages could be submerged.

Jan Cervencl, 25, was helping to move goods out of a fitness equipment store where he works and loading them into a van.

We will probably not be able to get all we need out. We found out about it too late, he said.

Thousands of Czechs were already evacuated from the south, including the regional capital Ceske Budejovice, home to Czech Budweiser beer, and Cesky Krumlov, another popular tourist destination. Forecasters said rain would continue.

Prague, Central and South County floods Source: ČTK. Author: Government / Jakub Stadler June 2, 2013

Floodwater is threatening parts of the Czech Republic.

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Rising waters have been triggered by heavy rain following a wet spring.

Eight deaths were recorded in the Czech Republic according to a European Commission update on Tuesday evening.

The water level has stabilised in the capital Prague, where there had been fears of a repeat of disasters in 2002 and 1997.

Floodwater is threatening parts of the Czech Republic. in recent days as floodwater threatened to overwhelm flood barriers.

In the low-lying industrial city of Usti nad Labem, the River Elbe spilled over the 10m-high (33ft-high) metal flood barriers.

The main rail link connecting Prague and Berlin in Germany have been underwater, with trains being diverted.

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Czech emergency services work round the clock to evacuate flooded villages

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

Days of heavy rain have forced emergency services to work round the clock trying to evacuate residents from flooded villages in the Czech Republic.

The village of Krivousy, 30 kilometres north of Prague, has been inundated by the river Vltava.

Some locals who lived through the 2002 floods refuse to leave this time. For Krivousy Mayor Jana Koberov it’s a problem:
“The floods this year aren’t so devastating but we won’t be able to get to some the villages until next week.”

That means hardship for those cut off – many of the villages such as Krivousy and Neratovice have no electricity or drinking water.

Over the last few days thousands have sought shelter at relatives’ homes or in schools. For resident Eva Bittnerova it is especially heart breaking.

“We had just built our new house here in Zalezlice after the 2002 floods. Now that has been flooded we will have to start all over again.”

The same village could have been spared this time if a protective dike had not been delayed by a dispute over land. Yesterday the semi-finished dike gave way to an under the onslaught of in pouring of muddy water

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Floods Wreak Havoc in Czech Republic and Austria

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Flood Waters Wreak Havoc Across Czech Republic

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Floods Threaten Czech Chemical Factory

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

A chemical factory near Prague is under threat from floodwaters which are also causing problems in neighbouring Germany.

Charles Bridge in Prague Flood 2013

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Prague residents assess flood damage as water recedes

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Published on 5 Jun 2013

In the Czech capital Prague there is relief that the water has stopped rising in the River Vltava

Prague floods 03.06. 2013

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FLOODING in PRAGUE! HORROR!! (vom 31.05 bis 04.06.2013) HOCHWASSER in PRAG!

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Flood waters from Czech dams bear down on Prague

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Prague flood (Praha zaplavy) 3.06.2013 13:50-15:35

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

3.06.2013; 13:5015:35 hours by local time
Prague, along Vltava river. Flood.
Praha podĂl Vltavy, záplavy, povodně.

Evacuation in Prague, state of emergency as floods grip Czech Republic

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

The historical center of Prague is under threat as the worst flood in decades cause chaos, claiming the lives of at least five people. Almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas of Czech Republic were evacuated, schools closed and transportation halted.

River Vltava Prague 3rd June 2013

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Published on 3 Jun 2013

River Vltava reached third-degree flood warning levels around noon today(2nd June)

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits
Prime Minister Petr Necas declares a state of emergency for much of the Czech Republic as swollen rivers threaten historic Prague.
3:29am UK, Monday 03 June 2013

Video: Flooding Hits Historic Prague
Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas has declared a state of emergency for most of the nation because of severe flooding as swollen rivers threatened Pragues historic centre.

Authorities evacuated low-lying areas in the Czech Republic and limited public transport in the capital as water from the Vltava River burst its banks.

The floods have killed at least two people and several people are missing across the country.

Mr Necas pledged 300m Czech Koruna (Ł10m) for relief efforts and said another 2,000 troops were ready to assist in putting up temporary barriers and sandbags in Prague.

He said: The government approved the declaration of a state of emergency which will enable a more effective rescue effort.

The historic area of Prague is a Unesco heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back centuries, including the Charles Bridge straddling the Vltava which was closed due to high water.

A Prague hospital and parts of the zoo were also evacuated.
Floods in Prague, Czech Republic Firefighters put up temporary barriers in the Czech capital

Rory Pattison, an expatriate worker living in a village just outside Prague, said: The water is about 50 metres from my house but its only 1 or 2 metres from other houses.

We havent had an evacuation notice yet but everyone is making preparations just in case.

In 2002 floods killed 17 people, forced tens of thousands from their homes and caused several billion pounds of damage across the country.

Water levels have not reached that point yet but weather forecasters predict the rain will continue for several days.

Several people have also died in flooding in Germany, Switzerland and Poland.

In neighbouring Austria, torrential rain caused widespread caused widespread flooding and landslides and forced hundreds of people to evacuate their homes.

News agencies in Germany, where at least four people have died or are missing, said large stretches of the Rhine, Main and Neckar rivers have been closed to ship traffic and several cities including Chemnitz, Passau and Rosenheim have issued disaster warnings.

In 2002, 17 people were killed in flooding in the Czech Republic which also caused billions of dollars of damage.

Following that disaster, the Czech government spent $150m (Ł99m) on installing an anti-flooding system to protect Prague.

Czech Republic Two Dead As Flooding Hits

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Prague floods (Praha záplavý) 2.06.2013; 13:50-16:15 h

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

2.06.2013; 13:5016:15 hours by local time
Prague, along Vltava river. Floods.
Praha podĂl Vltavy, záplavy, povodně.

Floods in Prague GoPro Street View: Podoli, Kampa, Charles Bridge

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Published on 2 Jun 2013

Heavy rain and begging of floods in Prague gopro street view video shooting cycling from Podoli Podolske nabrezi Rasinovo nabrezi Jiraskuv most Janackovo nabrezi Most legii Smetanovo nabrezi to Charles Bridge

This last video show the Czech Air Force showing off their Search and Rescue helicopter flying skills yesterday, hopefully these skills will not be needed in earnest.

Open Day ŚĂˇslav 2013 W3A Sokol Czech Air Force display Search and Rescue

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Czech (Google translation)

V ter bylo nejmně 10 lid potvrzeno mrtv v Česk republice.

O devět jin jsou dajně chyb.

Česk premir Petr Nečas vyhlsil stav nouze dne 2. června a slbil, e humanitrn pomoci.

Česk republika Hlavn město Praha se připravuje na dal zplavy jako řeka Vltava stle roste.

term 4.6.2013 v 08:32 UTC RSOE
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Vltava Povod, meteorologov nenese vinu za povodn – Česk premir

Zleva ministr DOPRAVY Zbyněk Stanjura, Premier Petr Nečas a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl vystoupili 5. června v Praze na konferenci po jednn Tiskov vlady.

vydno: 05.06.2013, 16:35 | aktualizace: 05.06.2013 16:59
Praha – Česk premir Petr Nečas dnes řekl, e problmy souvisejc s povodněmi můe bt obviňovn ani na vltavskm povod ani meteorologov a ministr zemědělstv Petr Bendl (oba ODS) zopakoval svůj nzor.

Byli reagovat na různ kritiky povodňov situace.

Bendl řekl, e předlo analzu kroků, kter povod Vltavy při povodnch vldě.

Nečas řekl, e vltavsk kaskdy a Vltavy Povod postupujeme sprvně na zkladě prognz Českho hydrometeorologickho stavu (ČHM).

“Chci zdůraznit, e je předpovdn počas, e to nen ani mon vinit ČHM za to, e uhdl mnostv srek, to je opravdu velmi komplikovan věc, i kdy vědeck a na zkladě matematickch modelů,” uvedl Nečas po zasedn vldy.

Bendl řekl, e kaskdy maximlně vyut jej retenčn schopnosti, kdy obrovsk mnostv vody přiel v krtk době.

Řekl, e nejhor situace je, kdy mnostv vody ji umoňuje regulaci odtoku z vodnch děl.

Bendl řekl, se to nestalo v letonm roce, to se stalo během ničivch povodn v roce 2002.

“V kad fzi jsme byli v situaci, kdy jsme byli schopni i přes vs (novinři) řci, kolik vody proteče přehrad a kdy přiblině,” řekl Bendl.

Řekl, e to je jen pro lidi a kancelř pod přehradami, jak kroky přijmout.

Nečas řekl, e vlda nebude řkat ve bylo vynikajc, ale je přesvědčen, e lid dělali svou prci tak, jak by mohla, co neznamen, e něco, co lze zlepit.

Povodňovho nebezpeč přetrvv v 25 mstech v Čechch. Povodn tvrd osm ivotů a hasiči evakuovali vce ne 19.000 obyvatel. kody se odhaduj na miliardy korun.

($ 1 = 19,689 Kč)

Autor: ČTK
http://www.ctk.cz

(Foto: AFP / channelnewsasia.com) Pohotovostn sluby vybudovn protipovodňovch zbran na 02.6.2013 v Praze
Praha evakuovali kvůli zaplaven

Daily Mail Ponděl 3.06.2013

Zplavy v Praze

Praan začali evakuovat čsti historickho hlavnho města Česk republiky před svitem dnes hodiny před nejhor povodně v průběhu stolet byl čekal, e zashla město.

Praha řady nařdily evakuaci a 50.000 lid, kterm čel blc se přliv vody po dnech detě zvětila řeky na jihu centrln evropsk země a zabil sedm lid.

Shop majitel pracoval přes noc, aby si zachrnili zbo. Vojci spolu se stovkami dobrovolnků plnili pytle s pskem a stavět zdi k ochraně malebn středověk čtvrti Mal Straně.

Přvalov detě zashly tak sousedn Německo a Rakousko a zplavy v Rusku zabili destky lid, čm se počet obět z evropskch bouře na vce ne 70 v tdnu.

Prask primtor Igor Němec, řekl na tiskov konferenci, e někter čsti Mal Strany budou zaplaveny odpoledne, protoe siln dť na jihu nucench přehrad na řece Vltavě, kter protk Prahou, otevřt sv brny.

“Budeme znt sirny est hodin a sedm hodin zahjit dal fzi evakuace,” řekl. “Lid, kteř jsou postieni měli připravit asi čtyřdenn vlet.”

Němec řekl, e 14. stolet Karlův most, jeden z hlavnch praskch turistickch atrakc jsou vyzdobeny sochami světců, bude uzavřen pro veřejnost, aby jeřby odstraněn kmenů stromů a jinch nečistot unet rychle tekouc řeky.

Voda u přetk Vltavy v banky v některch komunitch na okraji Prahy, zejmna na jihu a dť nadle klesaly.

Jiř Friedel z Povod Vltavy, sttn podnik řzen přehrad na Vltavě, e Praha u neměl od roku 1890 vidět řeku tak vysoko. Řekl, e voda můe vzrůst na jedna-dvam v některch obytnch oblastech.

Řekl, e očekv, e mnostv vody střkajc přes město k dosaen 20 krt průměr pro toto obdob roku.

Nemocnice na břehu Vltavy byl evakuovn. Starosta podal psychology vm na přstřeky pro evakuovan osoby a nařdil 3000 mlad mui zajistil pro občanskou povinnost pomoci zchranřů.

Tam byl dn panika na ulicch v časnch rannch hodinch dnes a mnoz obyvatel zřejmě v myslu čekat několik hodin opustit sv domovy.

“Jedeme do obchodu, kde pracuji, pak půjdeme k naim přbuznm,” řekl 75-let Arnot Hartman, kter opout dělnick čtvrtlet Karln, největ evakuovali oblast, s jeho enou.

Irena Hrubantova, 33-rok-star servrka v herně baru v Karlně, řekla, e nikdy neslyel o evakuaci a přtel zavolal j čtyři hodiny pot, co bylo nařzeno.

“Ale teď můj f mi řk do telefonu, e nesmm opustit a hldat to tady,” řekla a dodala, e se boj, e ztrat svou prci, kdy odela.

Starosta Němec se pokusil uklidnit obavy z monho rabovn, řk policie a vojci by střeit vechny przdnmi prostory.

Prask zoo Zahrada začala evakuovat někter zvřata, včetně ptků a opic, jejich klece můe bt ponořen.

Jan Červencl, 25, pomhal pohyb zbo z obchodu, fitness zařzen, kde pracuje, a jejich vloen do dodvky.

“Jsme pravděpodobně nebude moci zskat vechno, co potřebujeme ven. Zjistili jsme o něm přli pozdě, “řekl.

Tisce Čechů ji byly evakuovny z jihu, včetně krajskho města Česk Budějovice, kter je domovem česk pivo Budvar a Česk Krumlov, dal populrn turistick destinace. Meteorologov řekl, dť bude pokračovat.

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Hladina vody se stabilizoval v hlavnm městě Praze, kde byly obavy z opakovn katastrofy v letech 2002 a 1997.

Tisce lid opustili sv domovy v theFloodwater hroz čst Česk republiky. v poslednch dnech jako povodně hroz přemoci protipovodňovch zbran.

V nzko poloench průmyslovho města st nad Labem, řeka Labe přelila do 10 m vysok (33 stop vysok) kovov protipovodňovch zbran.

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Obec Krivousy se 30 km severně od Prahy, byl zaplaven řeky Vltavy.

Někteř mstn obyvatel, kteř ili po povodnch v roce 2002 odmtaj opustit tento čas. Pro Krivousy primtora Jana Koberov je to problm:
“Povodně v letonm roce nejsou tak zničujc, ale nebudeme schopni se dostat do některch vesnic a do přtho tdne.”

To znamen, e utrpen pro ty, odřznutch – mnoho z vesnic jako Krivousy a Neratovice nemaj elektřinu nebo pitn vody.

Během několika poslednch dnů tisce lid hledal kryt v domcnostech přbuznch nebo ve kolch. Pro rezidenty Eva Bittnerov je zvltě lmou srdce.

“Zrovna jsme se postavili nov dům tady v Zlezlice po povodnch v roce 2002. Nyn, kdy bylo zaplaveno budeme muset začt znovu.”

Stejn obec by byli uetřeni tuto dobu, ochrann hrz nebyl zpoděn o sporu o pozemky. Včera polotovar hrz ustoupila pod nporem na lit bahnit vody

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Orgny evakuovno nzko poloen oblasti v Česk republice a na omezen veřejn dopravy v hlavnm městě jako je voda z řeky Vltavy vylila z břehů.

Zplavy zabily nejmně dva lid a několik lid chyb po cel zemi.

Pan Nečas slbil 300m Česk koruna (Ł10m) pro humanitrn sil a řekl, dal 2000 vojků byli připraveni pomhat při uveden do dočasn překky a pytlů s pskem v Praze.

On řekl: “Vlda schvlila vyhlen vjimečnho stavu, kter umon činněj zchrann sil.”

Historick čst Prahy je pamtkou UNESCO se můe pochlubit stovky dochovanch kostelů, budov a pamtek se datuje stolet, včetně Karlova mostu rozkročit Vltava, kter byla uzavřena z důvodu velk vody.

Nemocnice Praha a čsti zoo byly evakuovny.
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Rory Pattison, emigrant dělnk ije ve vesnici, nedaleko Prahy, řekl: “Voda je asi 50 metrů od mho domu, ale je to jen 1 nebo 2 metrů od ostatnch domů.

“Neměli jsme evakuačn oznmen, ale zatm vichni, aby se přpravky jen v přpadě.”

V roce 2002 povodně zabil 17 lid, nucen destky tisc ze svch domovů a způsobil několik miliard liber kody po cel zemi.

Hladiny vody nedoshli tohoto bodu, ale zatm meteorologov předpovdaj dť bude pokračovat po dobu několika dnů.

Několik lid tak zemřelo v zplavy v Německu, vcarsku a Polsku.

V sousednm Rakousku, přvalov detě způsobily rozshl způsobily rozshl zplavy a sesuvy půdy a přinutil stovky lid opustit sv domovy.

Zpravodajsk agentury v Německu, kde se nejmně čtyři lid zemřeli, nebo chyb, řekl velk seky Rn, Mohan a Neckar řek byly uzavřeny, aby provoz lodi a několik měst, včetně Chemnitz, Pasově a Rosenheim vydaly varovn katastrofy.

V roce 2002 bylo 17 lid zabito v povodn v Česk republice, kter tak způsobila miliardy dolarů pokozen.

Po tto katastrofě se česk vlda utratila 150 m (Ł99m) na instalaci systm proti vyplaven chrnit Prahu.
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Austria weather chaos: 100 vehicle pile-up on motorway A1, 1 dead, 14 injured. Tunnel accidents on A2 leave 29 others injured – 270313 1630z

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A pile-up involving about 100 vehicles on a snow-hit Austrian motorway has left at least one person dead. Emergency officials said the crash scene on the west-bound A1 west of Vienna stretched for more than 2km (1.2 miles).

Six regional fire departments have been at the scene with ambulances and an emergency services helicopter, broadcaster ORF said.
A spell of freezing weather is causing disruption across Europe. Officials said the accident happened near St Poelten, about 60km from the capital, and involved about 40 lorries and 60 cars.
Franz Resperger of the Lower Austrian fire department said the icy carriageway was a likely factor in the crash.
In southern Austria, at least 29 people were injured – six seriously – in two accidents inside road tunnels in the state of Styria, ORF reported.
The A2 motorway, which runs through the tunnels, was blocked in both directions.

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This years winter causes many problems such as empty salt depots in Klagenfurt (Southern Austria) and the massive burden of snow on the roofs.
Many lorry drivers on motorways do apparently not know how to install snow chains.
Even though winter will soon come to an end, Austrias South has recently been affected by heavy snowfalls.
Meteorologists state that snow of this amount has not been there for seven years.
15 centimetres of snow were enough to cause an absolute chaos on the A2 Sudautobahn (Southern motorway) next to Wolfsberg, said Robert Schrammel, an employee of the motorway maintenance.
“We are clearing the snow from the roads of the A2 with nine vehicles. The biggest problem is that lorry drivers often have no snow chains with them or cannot install them themselves. Our workers have to stop and help them in order for them to drive on. I am thus appealing to the drivers that they support us a little instead of swearing at us”, said Mr Schrammel.
Roofing companies are also working at full blast in order to free the roofs from the burden of snow.
House owners are obliged to put up poles for snow and to free their roofs in order to avoid accidents.
The snow is taken to the former sewage plant south of Klagenfurt. 70,000 tons of snow has been transported there this year, which is 20,000 more tons than last year.
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Chaos in Austria! Scary accident on A2: One dead and 46 injured, 16 cars and 7 trucks damaged

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Dozens of cars and trucks collided at the entrance of the tunnel Herzogberg. A very serious accident occurred Tuesday night in Austria. The causes of the accident were weather conditions (ice and fog), giving them the slippery road fork drivers.

accident HOMEPAGE 720x407 Haos in Austria! Accident infiorator pe A2: Un mort si 46 de raniti, 16 masini si 7 tiruri avariate (FOTO/VIDEO) All nightmare began when a truck skidded 200 meters inside the tunnel and collided with several cars coming from the opposite direction. Violent impact led to a real cannon, autoturimsele and back trucks which were bumping into each other.

The impact resulted in one dead and 46 injured. For two hours traffic was stopped on the highway A2 in Austria.

Austria: 70-year-old man rescued after spending week stuck in glacier – Published 14 Aug 2012 1532 GMT/UTC

AFP: VIENNA — Austrian mountain rescuers on Tuesday extracted a 70-year-old German man claiming to have been stuck for around a week in a glacier crevasse, police said, calling it incredible that he was still alive.

The climber, who has not been named, was only slightly injured after his ordeal although he was very cold and exhausted. He was airlifted to hospital in Innsbruck in western Austria by helicopter.

He told rescuers that he had set off around a week ago without crampons and that around 3,000 metres (10,000 feet) up he had slid into the 20-metre crevasse. Other mountaineers were eventually alerted by his cries and called in rescuers.

“It is a sensation that he survived there for a week,” police said. “He was very lucky.”

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