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Last Updated: Wednesday April 05 2006 15:44 GMT

In pictures: Floods in Europe

Rising flood waters in Europe have forced thousands of people living in Germany and the Czech Republic to leave their homes. Here a man paddles along his street in Germany

Rising flood waters in Europe have forced thousands of people living in Germany and the Czech Republic to leave their homes. Here a man paddles along his street in Germany

A little girl in Dresden looks at the sandbanks stacked up against the walls of the Elbe river

A little girl in Dresden looks at the sandbanks stacked up against the walls of the Elbe river

A man stands in the entrance of a house. The flood waters are expected to reach their highest on Tuesday

A man stands in the entrance of a house. The flood waters are expected to reach their highest on Tuesday

Here you can see the flooded area of the eastern German town of Meissen. A total of eight cities in Germany were affected by floods and at least 1,300 people were forced to leave their homes

Here you can see the flooded area of the eastern German town of Meissen. A total of eight cities in Germany were affected by floods and at least 1,300 people were forced to leave their homes

A rescue boat takes a break from evacuating people out of flooded areas of the Moravian city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic. At least four people are thought to have died in the floods there

A rescue boat takes a break from evacuating people out of flooded areas of the Moravian city of Olomouc in the Czech Republic. At least four people are thought to have died in the floods there

A Czech man carries his belongings as he walks through waters of the Morava river flooding parts of Olomouc in the Czech Republic

A Czech man carries his belongings as he walks through waters of the Morava river flooding parts of Olomouc in the Czech Republic

Half of the Czech Republic has been on emergency alert because of the floods. Here, people in Prague look at the rising Vltava river

Half of the Czech Republic has been on emergency alert because of the floods. Here, people in Prague look at the rising Vltava river

This was the view in Budapest, Hungary, where the Danube river has reached a record 8.59 metres

This was the view in Budapest, Hungary, where the Danube river has reached a record 8.59 metres

The river Elbe creeps towards the small town of Gohlis in Germany

The river Elbe creeps towards the small town of Gohlis in Germany

The river Elbe floods reach the Pillnitz castle in the eastern German town of Dresden

The river Elbe floods reach the Pillnitz castle in the eastern German town of Dresden



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