Flood Moves Downstream into Hungary

Created: 2013-06-11 11:38 EST

Category: World > Europe

Railway traffic in eastern Germany's Magdeburg remained suspended Monday although the flood in Germany has moved downstream to the northwestern regions of the country.

By Monday the floodwater along the Elbe River had moved downstream. Saxony's capital therefore removed the highest public warning alert on Monday but Magdeburg, the capital of Saxony-Anhalt State, was still under the caution of the flood alert. A dam in southern Magdeburg burst on Sunday forcing the authorities to ask about 23,000 people to leave their homes. Local authorities suspended railway traffic.

[Magdeburg Resident]:
"The floodwater level is cresting at 7.5 meters. Currently, the situation is an emergency. It might continue more than one week. The Elbe (river) flooding everywhere, this is one of the major disasters of the past century."

The Danube has begun a gradual pull-back at Budapest, with the water level dropping.

South of the city the river is still rising and breaking all-time records. The flood crest reached Dunafoldvar, 79 km south of Budapest on Monday, measuring 706 centimeters, 3 centimeters over the previous high-water mark.

At Paks, 98 km south of Budapest and the site of Hungary's only nuclear reactor the Danube was measured at 872 centimeters, equal to the previous record, and is still rising.

Key roads remain closed to traffic in Budapest. Some, particularly the highways along the Danube embankment, are still underwater, while others are still reserved for emergency vehicles.

Sunday night in Budapest, about 2,000 households lived without power, and water-supply was cut off among 5,000 households.

Although no deaths or missing people were reported, about 1,200 peoples were forced to leave their homes. Tens of thousands of soldiers and volunteers have been working on rescue efforts overnights to pile over six million sand bags besides riverbanks covering some 700 kilometers.

Meteorologists forecast further thunderstorms in two to three days in central Europe, including Hungary.