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Saturday, 17 August, 2002, 21:25 GMT 22:25 UK
In pictures: Europe's flood chaos
Flood waters in historic Dresden appear to stabilise at record levels, but other east German cities remain under threat of being swamped as waters surge downstream from the neighbouring Czech Republic and Austria.

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The Elbe looms large for volunteers building sandbag embankments in the east German town of Coswign

Zwinger castle, Dresden (AP)
Parts of the newly-restored old city of Dresden have been badly damaged

Elderly woman being evacuated
Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from the city

Water purification plant near Dresden (AFP)
This purification plant has so far managed to keep the dirty water out

Building flood defences in Magdeburg (AFP)
Downriver in Magdeburg, volunteers await the deluge

Spolana chemical plant and village of Zalezlice, Czech Republic
The north of the Czech Republic continues to be battered

Workers clean rare books at the Karlin depository in Prague AP (left) and PA
The clean-up has begun in Prague and parts of Dresden, too


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