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Germany still reeling from extensive flooding

Flooding continues to cause havoc in some parts of Europe. In Germany a collapsed dam near Fischbeck in the north east is likely to add to the six billion euros of damage already estimated across the country from this year’s extreme weather. In Magdeburg, one of the oldest cities in eastern Germany, thousands have had to evacuate their homes as the river Elbe rose around five metres above normal, surpassing the level reached in the devastating floods of 2002. Meanwhile volunteers in the city have pitched in to help emergency services to shore up electric substations and some residential areas. In Hungary, the capital escaped severe damage from the swollen river Danube which has peaked and has now started to recede. In some suburbs between 300 and 400 houses were flooded but it was less than had been expected. The focus now is on the stretch of river south of Budapest where the Danube us due to peak at record levels in the coming days.

Germany still reeling from floods

The Elbe River overflowed putting parts of the Germany, along with several other east European countries, underwater. German locals are still reeling from the floods as they load sandbags near a dyke at the Elbe river.