Flood threatens Hungary's capital

2013-06-09 13:16
Local residents try to rescue a car from flooding water near the village of Alsovadasz, Hungary. (File, AP)

Local residents try to rescue a car from flooding water near the village of Alsovadasz, Hungary. (File, AP)

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Budapest - Hungarian officials say the crest of the flooded Danube River is expected to reach Budapest late on Sunday but that defences should keep the water out of most of the capital.

At least 20 people have been killed by a week of flooding in central Europe, as rivers such as the Danube, the Elbe and the Vlatava overflowed after heavy rains and caused great damage in central and southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Sunday that no deaths, injuries or missing persons have been reported in his country, but that there are still several critical areas along the Danube where 7 000 soldiers and thousands of volunteers are packing sandbags to shore up flood walls.

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