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Last Updated: Wednesday, 5 April 2006, 12:16 GMT 13:16 UK
In pictures: Europe under water

German rescuers drive through a flooded street

Rising floodwaters, which have claimed at least a dozen lives in central Europe, are continuing to wreak havoc, with rescuers struggling to reach the worst-hit areas.

Aerial view of town in east Germany

Rivers have been rising fast as a result of heavy rain and melting snow, with officials warning further heavy rain is expected this week.

Girl sits on the banks of the Danube

In Hungary, the River Danube has reached record levels. Deaths across the region included an 18-month-old Austrian toddler.

Aerial view of the River Danube

The Danube was expected to peak at 8.65m (28 feet) in Budapest, topping its previous record of 8.48m in 2002.

Dog on the flooded embankment of the River Danube

The Hungarian government has deployed more than 10,000 police, soldiers and rescuers to some of the country's worst-hit areas.

Rescuers pulling a man from the waters

Around 25,000 people, half of them volunteers, struggled to maintain flood defences before reinforcements were called in.

People being rescued in a boat

Eight cities in Germany were affected on Tuesday with more than 1,300 people evacuated from homes.

Aerial view of waterlogged town in eastern Germany

Around 1,000 people have been evacuated from homes around the east German city of Dresden, which was devastated by flooding in 2002.

Church on the Czech-German border

Floodwaters continue to threaten residents in the Czech Republic, particularly in the north and south-east, with officials warning floods will last at least another week.



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