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In pictures: Europe hit by floods

Rescues evacuate residents from the flooded town of Rathen, eastern Germany

Rivers across central Europe have been swelling fast due to rain and melted snow, forcing thousands to flee their homes.

Two men carry their supplies in the Czech city of Olomouc

In the Czech Republic, a state of emergency has been declared in seven of the country's 14 regions.

Soldiers unload sandbags to build a dike in Gohlis, eastern Germany

In neighbouring Germany, the army has been called in to shore up flood defences on the River Elbe.

A house surrendered by the swollen Elbe River south-east of Dresden, Germany

Some houses have been completely cut off near Dresden. But in the historic city itself, waters were rising slower than previously expected.

Two men observe the rising water of the River Elbe in Messen, eastern Germany

German authorities say they expect the flooding to peak later on this week, possibly Tuesday.

Evacuation in Duernkrut, Austria

In Austria, a dam has burst in the village of Duernkrut on the border with Slovakia, forcing mass evacuation.

Residents row in a boat down one of the flooded streets in Szob, northern Hungary

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in Hungary because of the rising Danube River. The affected areas include the capital, Budapest.

Slovakian soldiers build a barrier from nearly 80,000 sand bags at the embankment of flooded Cierna Voda river near Trstice, western Slovakia

In Slovakia, 200 towns and villages have been affected by the flooding, officials say.

houses have been flooded and cut-off from all roads by the river Odra in Stare Kozle, southern Poland

Southern Poland has also been hit, but officials from across the region say the flooding has so far not been as serious as in 2002.

In pictures: Central Europe floods
30 Mar 06 |  In Pictures


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