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Storms hammer Poland but neighbours bear brunt

PR dla Zagranicy
Nick Hodge 07.06.2013 09:26
Hundreds of properties were damaged as storms penetrated the east of Poland on Thursday, but Germany and the Czech Republic continued to bear the brunt of flooding.

Flooding in Gubin,Thursday, Lubusz region. photo - PAP/Lech Muszynski

Rain and hail wreaked havoc in the eastern Lublin region, with hundreds acres of farmland flooded, and firefighters called to pump water from cellars.

The town of Biala Podlaska and its vicinity were especially badly struck, and a petrol station was flooded in the village of Lachowa Duza.

In the central Masovia region, the town of Mlawa was the worst hit yesterday evening, when an intense storm caused the small River Seracz to break its banks.

Many streets were flooded, and firemen were called to take action in about a hundred separate incidents, mainly involving cellars and ground floors of houses.

Meanwhile, clean-op operations continued in other areas of Poland. In the town of Gubin (pictured), near the German border, there was a lull in the bad weather, after streets were flooded.

Germany inundated but Dresden escapes flooding

The historic centre of Dresden in north east Germany managed to escape flooding, thanks to flood barriers installed after floods in 2002.

However, dozens of villages in the area were flooded along the River Elbe.

There are marked concerns about Bitterfeld-Wolfen, a major centre for Germany's chemical industry in the Saxony-Anhalt region, where two lakes are in danger bursting their banks.

All in all, over 25,000 people have been evacuated in Germany over the last few days.

In the Czech Republic, the River Vltava has stopped rising, but the toll has been heavy with at least 20,000 evacuated since the downpours began. (nh)

Rescue workers in the Bavarian town of Deggendorf, Thursday: photo - EPA/Armin Weigel

Source: IAR/ Deutsche Welle

tags: Floods
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