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Southern Poland pounded by rain but Krakow escapes flooding

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 06.06.2013 08:34
Roads were waterlogged overnight in the Swietokrzyskie region of southern Poland as heavy rains continued to batter the country and Central Europe.

Fire services pump out flooded basements in near Lodz, central Poland: photo - PAP/Maciej Kulczynski

The main No. 74 national route was made impassable in several sections, as was the No. 753 road from Kielce to Ostrowiec Swiętokrzyski. Flooding in the latter was at its worst in the vicinity of Bielin.

Firemen were called to action in around 2000 separate incidents across southern, western and central Poland.

Besides the Swietokrzyskie region, firemen were chiefly involved in actions in Lower and Upper Silesia, Malopolska, as well as the central Lodz and Mazovia regions.

Currently, alarm levels have been crossed at 56 locations along Poland's rivers, and the warning level has been reached at 99 sites, though the major city in the Malopolska area, Krakow, has so far escaped any flooding.

An aerial view shows the flooded quarter Gohlis in Dresden, Germany, 06 June 2013. Riverside cities in Germany braced on 05 June for floodwaters swirling northwards after causing havoc upstream. For Dresden, the crest set to arrive on 06 June was likely to be the biggest test yet of its floodwalls since 2002 when the Elbe River inundated historic palaces: photo - EPA/MATTHIAS HIEKEL

Extensive portions of eastern Germany and the Czech Republic remained under water on Thursday, and the government has warned that the worst is still to come.

Thousands of residents in the city of Halle, eastern Germany were evacuated as the centre of the city was flooded to one metre over ground level.

The city of Dresden on the River Elbe saw many residents flee yesterday, with peak waters on the River Elbe expected today.

Meanwhile, about 19,000 people have been evacuated nationwide in the Czech Republic.

At least eight people have lost their lives so far in the Czech Republic, five more in Germany, two in Austria and one in Slovakia. (nh/pg)

Source: IAR/PAP/Deutsche Welle

tags: Floods
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