Floods threaten Prague's historic centre after days of rain

By REUTERS
June 2, 2013 17:35

 
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PRAGUE - Czech soldiers erected metal barriers and piled up sandbags on Sunday to protect Prague's historic center from flooding after days of heavy rains swelled rivers and forced evacuations from some low-laying areas.

Prague authorities also limited public transport and closed underground stations as water from the Vltava River overflowed into parts of the Old Town.

The historic area is a UNESCO heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back mostly to the 14th Century, including the Charles Bridge that straddles the Vltava.

"Due to the current situation, I have declared a state of danger for the area of the capital city," acting mayor Tomas Hudecek told a news conference.

The floods that have killed at least one person and left several missing across the Czech Republic. Rising rivers have forced evacuations, highway closures and the shutting of rail lines throughout western and southern Bohemia.

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