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Central Europe: Floods - Information Bulletin n° 1

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Summary: Due to exceptionally heavy rainfalls and the consequent extreme flooding of the major river systems, particularly in the Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland and Austria, followed by Slovakia and Hungary, thousands of people have been evacuated from several parts of central Europe. Further rainfall, which has been forecast across parts of the region in the coming days, is likely to exacerbate the problems caused by flooding, especially in low-lying areas. Residents living there might be faced with a considerable disruption to essential services, including road and railway transport, mass transit, telecommunications and electricity.