Earth Watch Report  –  Flooding

Worst flooding for a decade hits Prague
Statue of Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy is seen in flooded Vltava river in central Prague, Czech Republic, Flood danger was declared in also in others regions in western and northern parts of the Czech Republic. Photo: EPA

Walter Novak

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03.06.2013 Flood Czech Republic Capital City, Prague Damage level Details

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Flood in Czech Republic on Monday, 03 June, 2013 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

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At least two people have been killed in devastating floods gripping the western Czech Republic. The disaster caused by torrential rains has prompted the evacuation of metro stations, several hospitals and the zoo in the capital. Heavy rain over the weekend has resulted in flood warnings in west, north, central and south Bohemia. At least one woman is dead, after her home collapsed in Trebenice u Prahy, southwest of Prague and two people are missing after their raft overturned on the River Berounka in Hlasna Treban in central Bohemia. In Prague, rescue workers, aided by the army, have set up flood barriers for the first time since the devastating floods of 2002. Hospitals, retirement homes and cultural institutions as well as the zoo are being evacuated across the city. A state of emergency has been declared in the Czech Republic due to the threat of flooding, Prime Minister Petr Nečas announced in a televised address. He added that the government has allocated 300 million Czech Koruna ($15 million ) to battle the flooding. “The situation is very serious,” acting mayor Tomas Hudecek stated, as water levels in the Vltava, the river that flows through Prague, reached 1,513 cubic meters per second. During the 2002 floods 5,000 cubic meters was flowing through the city every second, according to the Prague Post. The rising water levels have interrupted rail services between Bohemia and Moravia, with trains being stopped near Kolin. The flooding also partially damaged half of the 51 metro stations in Prague, with 17 of them submerged, local media Ceskenoviny reports adding that the total damage was put at 73 billion Czech Koruna (about $4 billion) , 27 billion (about $1,5 billion) of which in Prague only.

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Flood in Czech Republic on Monday, 03 June, 2013 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 03 June, 2013 at 05:26 UTC
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Czech officials said special metal walls had been erected in Prague to prevent flooding as the Vltava river approached critical levels. Interim mayor Tomas Hudecek said authorities were shutting down eight stations of the capital’s metro network and urging people not to travel. Three metro lines in central Prague would remain closed on Monday, as would all schools, he said. Two people were found dead in the nearby town of Trebenice, one of them a woman discovered in the rubble after a summer cottage collapsed due to the raging water, Czech public television reported. At least three other people have been reported missing. Many roads and train lines were closed, including the main one from Prague to the eastern part of the country. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas said 300 soldiers had been deployed to help local authorities and up to 2,000 placed on standby. The government declared a state of emergency in six regions. Thousands of people have had to be evacuated from their homes across the country. In Prague, authorities ordered the evacuation of parts of the city’s zoo near the river and patients from a Prague hospital were moved to higher ground.

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Flood in Czech Republic on Monday, 03 June, 2013 at 03:06 (03:06 AM) UTC.

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Updated: Monday, 03 June, 2013 at 09:29 UTC
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The worst floods to hit the Czech Republic in a decade forced the evacuation of almost 2,700 people from low-lying areas while the rising water threatened Prague’s historic center, forced school closures and disrupted public transport. Czech police said at least five people had died in the flooding. Firefighters evacuated homes in western regions and in villages outside the capital on Sunday and Monday, rescuing 200 people. Flooding was also reported in Austria and water levels rose in Germany and Poland after heavy rain in central Europe over the past week swelled rivers. At least one person died and two were missing in Austria near Salzburg.

The subway network in central Prague was halted on Monday due to the weather, for the first time since massive floods submerged the city in 2002 and caused billions of dollars of damage in the Czech Republic. Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency for most of the nation on Sunday and pledged 300 million crowns ($15.11 million) for relief efforts. Troops started putting anti-flood barriers in place in Prague and volunteers helped pile up sandbags in areas popular with tourists in the ancient center. The landmark Charles Bridge was closed and workers evacuated parts of Prague zoo. Levels on the Vltava river that cuts through Prague’s center continued to rise on Monday. A spokeswoman for the state river management company said the levels could peak in the afternoon likely at half the level recorded in 2002. Meteorologists said the steady rains that have hit the country in the past week could ease in coming days, according to CTK news agency.

Worst flooding for a decade hits Prague

The Czech capital Prague declared a state of emergency as the worst flooding for over a decade tore into the city, threatening to engulf the streets of its historic heart.

Worst flooding for a decade hits Prague

Statue of Indian spiritual leader Sri Chinmoy is seen in flooded Vltava river in central Prague, Czech Republic, Flood danger was declared in also in others regions in western and northern parts of the Czech Republic. Photo: EPA

Supported by troops and volunteers, Prague’s fire brigade erected metal flood barriers and sandbag walls in a battle to keep the River Vltava at bay while at the city’s zoo tigers were tranquillised as part of an animal exodus to the safety of dry ground.

Schools were closed, much of the Prague transport system shut down and the famous Charles Bridge spanning the Vltava usually jammed with thousands of tourists fell lifeless after local authorities closed it.

Days of torrential rain have carpeted central Europe and turned placid rivers into raging, muddy torrents that have claimed the lives of about eight people and destroyed scores of homes and buildings across the Czech Republic, southern Germany and Austria.

In the Czech Republic over 7,000 people have been evacuated, and Petr Necas, the Czech prime minister, said he had ordered the release of emergency funding for people who have lost their homes to the flooding. The country’s health ministry warned of the spread of waterborne diseases owing to flooding disrupting water supplies and flushing raw sewage onto the streets.

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Heavy flooding reaches Prague [VIDEO]

Gov’t declares state of emergency as the Vltava River swells to critical levels

Posted: June 2, 2013

By News Desk – Team

Heavy flooding reaches Prague [VIDEO]

Walter Novak

The Kampa and Střelecký islands in the historic Prague city center were underwater as of the morning of June 3.

VIDEO: Click here for a video of the floods taken from the Vltava riverbank the morning of June 3.

Seven people have been confirmed dead and four are missing as a result of the flooding that has devastated parts of the Czech Republic, a police spokeswoman said Monday.

In addition, as of Monday, more than 7,100 people have been evacuated from areas threatened by floodwaters after rivers throughout the country spilled over their banks.

A state of emergency remains in effect in regions including Prague. The army has been dispatched to help with emergency manoeuvres.

Authorities said 2,800 cubic meters of water flowed through the capital Monday afternoon. Environment Minister Tomáš Chalupa expects water flow in Prague to reach a rate of up to 3,500 cubic meters per second and peak during the early hours of Tuesday morning.

Prime Minister Petr Nečas said the government has earmarked 4.5 billion Kč in relief and reconstruction aid. Those afflicted by the flooding will be eligible to receive up to 51,140 Kč in individual compensation.

Some 2,000 soldiers have been deployed to help clear areas damaged by the flooding. More than half of those evacuated hail from the central Bohemian region.

In Prague, riverside businesses and homes have been cleared, including in the historical center. Public transport authorities have closed major segments of all three metro lines as well as trams, and a replacement service has been deployed throughout the city.

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