Three killed in Central Europe floods, hundreds moved

Three people were killed and hundreds evacuated after days of heavy rain in central Europe caused floods

Updated: Jun 03, 2010, 10:53 AM IST

Prague: Three people were killed and hundreds evacuated after days of heavy rain in central Europe caused flooding that cut off villages and threatened to burst dykes, authorities said Wednesday.

Two men drowned in swollen rivers in the Czech Republic where a 19-year-old man died when his car hit a truck after skidding on a road that was suddenly flooded, authorities said.

In neighbouring Hungary, about 2,000 people had to be evacuated from their homes in the northern towns of Paszto and Hasznos after flooding and because a dyke threatened to burst.

In the northeast of the country, about 60 roads were closed and 18 towns were temporarily cut off, according to a spokesman for the emergency services.

A level-three alert, the highest, was declared because of the high water level.

In the south, near the Serbian border, a forest of some 20 hectares (50 acres) was almost entirely uprooted in recent days due to the floods, Hungarian news agency MTI reported.

The emergency services were fully deployed to reinforce dykes that were threatening to burst in the affected regions, officials said.

"We have received over 1,600 calls in the last 24 hours alone, to pump water out of houses and cellars," emergency services spokesman Gyorgy Szentez told klubradio station.

Hundreds more people were evacuated in eastern Slovakia where transport was disrupted on Tuesday night as floods rose after several days of heavy rainfall, rescuers said.
About 500 residents of a Roma settlement had to be evacuated late Tuesday along with 150 people from the country`s largest Roma settlement near the village of Jarovnice, where floods killed 58 people in 1998.

Meteorologists said on their website www.shmu.sk they had declared the highest level of flood alert in several regions in eastern and southern Slovakia.

Ground in the region was still saturated after floods around two weeks ago that killed one person in Slovakia and another in the Czech Republic.

Bureau Report