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 Saturday, 4 January, 2003, 21:29 GMT
In pictures: Europe's weather chaos
At the start of 2003, Europe is struggling with heavy rain, floods, high winds and, in some places, cold temperatures.

Famous landmark Deutsches Eck in Koblenz, western Germany lies partially submerged
Despite rivers slowly receding, much of Germany remains under water (AP)

The junction of two rivers at Kaulsdorf
In some parts of the country, 50 millimetres (two inches) of rain fell in 24 hours...

Man kayaks to safety in Koblenz (left) as a man enters his flooded home in Bonn
... and many people resorted to unusual methods to get around

Walkers pass a pile of sandbags at the village of Afsnee
In Belgium the army is on alert to help deal with the crisis

Boat on flooded river at Drongen
2002 was the country's wettest year since 1833, meterologists say

Dogs are rescued in West Bohemia
The Czech Republic is another country which suffered badly in August - rescue workers are well practised

Boy cycles in flooded street in front of submerged car
While in the UK dozens of homes were flooded and roads closed

A tug breaks ice in Helsinki harbour
But in Finland, rain is less of a problem than frost, with temperatures in Helsinki dropping to -20C
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