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Floods sweep through Prague, move towards Germany

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Prague, Czech Republic - A Humboldt penguin watches flood waters rise from inside its enclosure at the Prague Zoo, as the swollen Vltava river continues to rise.

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The Prague Zoo flooded by the swollen river Vltava photographed in this Tuesday June 4 aerial view. Heavy rainfalls caused flooding in in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.

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Firefighters begin clean up efforts after water flooded streets and houses in Huettau, Salzburg, Austria, on.June 4. Flooding since June 1 has so far claimed at least nine lives and led to mass evacuations. Several others have been reported missing as a result of the floods, which cover an area stretching from southern Germany, through to Poland, Switzerland, the Czech Republic and Austria.

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Soldiers shovel mud off a street in the old city of Passau, southern Germany, on June 4.Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit central Europe.

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Members of the emergency services drive next to a barrier to protect from flooded river Danube in the village of Stein-Krems in Lower Austria, about 80 km (50 miles) west of Vienna June 4. Torrential rain in Salzburg, Upper and Lower Austria caused heavy flooding over the past days, forcing people to evacuate their homes.

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A man makes a call in a restaurant surrounded by the floods of the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4. Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit central Europe.

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German soldiers paddle through the flooded city of Passau, Germany,

Heavy rains have caused massive flooding in the Czech Republic and Germany where rising water levels have hit historic highs. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

 

From Reuters -PRAGUE - Swathes of suburban Prague were under water on Tuesday after floods which have killed 11 people swept across central Europe, and the deluge moved towards Germany where more than 10,000 people have been forced from their homes.

Areas to the south and north of the Czech capital were submerged, including the city's zoo and horse racing track, in the worst flooding in a decade which followed days of heavy rain. But metal barriers erected along the Vltava river banks protected the historical city center. Continue reading.

 

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