Czech rivers rise, one missing in second spring flood

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Prague (dpa) - Rivers rose and at least one person was reported missing Monday as the Czech Republic braved a second wave of spring flooding.

Heavy rains over the weekend quickly pushed sections of the Berounka and Mze rivers in the west to emergency flood stages Monday, the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute (CHMU) said.

The Berounka's height tripled, jumping 3 metres between Sunday and Monday, and sending a wall of water toward the larger Vltava River, CMHU said. The water could affect low-lying parts of Prague, on the Vltava, in coming days.

Meanwhile, moderate flooding was reported on the rivers Dyje in the south and Elbe in the central part of the country.

Near the western city Tachov, rescuers were searching for a 31-year-old woman reportedly swept away by the raging Mze.

Evacuations were reported in several towns, including Cheb on the Czech-German border where 45 residents of a home for the mentally ill were displaced.

Two months ago, this spring's first flood claimed nine lives around the country and cost the government 5 billion koruna (217 million dollars). More than 9,000 insurance claims were filed topping 300 million koruna. dpa ej ds

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