Floods in Europe: Prague and Dresden under water!

Europe is facing the worst floods in the last 10 years. Cities build on the course of the Elbe river have issued red codes of flooding, the German city of Dresden is dealing with powerful torrents of water.

Thousands of people have been evacuated and the army has secured the buildings with sandbags. The water levels have been at least 7 meters higher than the normal debit. Fascinated, people have gathered on bridges to watch the whirling waters of the river.

Many business owners in Dresden and Pirna have decided to close their shops given the flooding alert issued by the authorities. Museums and art galleries have moved its artifacts on a higher floor, as a precaution measure.

More than 8000 people from Pirna have been evacuated after just outside the city the river has burst its banks flooding the street of the 500-year-old buildings.

In Passau, Germany the water levels reached the highest level in the last 50 years. The streets were flooded on Monday, one would have to use a boat to move through the city – the rescue teams used boats to evacuate residents who have not left their homes – and electricity supply was shut down as a precaution. Even a prison had to be evacuated, 60 inmates were moved on higher ground in other security facilities.

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Dresden, Germany. Photo credit MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images

The Danube, Inn and Ilz rivers are still threatening the south and eastern German cities, the water debits are too high and are pouring in the German cities.

According to DPA, the German news agency, this is the worst case of flooding since 1501 when Passau recorded the highest water levels ever.

In the Czech Republic more than 7000 people have been evacuated after the levels of the Vltava River continued to rise. The streets of Prague, the famous historical city and capital of the Czech Republic, have been flooded on Monday morning and the city’s central sewage treatment plant was shut down to prevent its damage by the flooding.

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Passau, Germany. foto credit: AP/Matthias Schrader

Animals from the zoo were moved to safer places and the Prague‘s subway was closed. Popular places at the foot of Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge were closed, authorities leaving nothing in the hands of faith.

 

In Upper Austria, in the city of Grein a small city build along the Danube River the dam is still holding but the water levels continue to rise. Many houses built at 15 meters from the dam have been flooded.

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Dam in Grein, Upper Austria. Foto credit: https://www.facebook.com/Austria24TV

 

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