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Man turns bathtub into boat in flooded German town

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Uwe Peterle moves across an area flooded by the river Mulde with a boat made out of a bathtub in Niesau, eastern Germany, on June 11, 2013. Residents of Niesau are completely surrounded by the floods.

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Zichy chapel is surrounded by water from the flooded Danube river on June 9, 2013 near the village of Lorev, Hungary.

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Two deer swim in the flooded Danube river as they look for shelter in the Gemenc Forest, Hungary.

Floods that have devastated parts of southern and eastern Germany could briefly impede growth in Europe's biggest economy, an industry body said, while ratings agency Fitch said the economic cost could be as high as 12 billion euros.

Hundreds of thousands of people in Germany, the Czech Republic and Slovakia have been evacuated from their homes in the last week as floods swept through central European cities and countryside, causing factories to halt production. Read the full story.

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