[QODLink]
Europe

Hungary floodwaters begin to subside

Budapest escapes damage as swollen Danube river recedes from record level of 8.91 metres.

Last Modified: 10 Jun 2013 20:19
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
About 1,300 people from 34 towns and villages have been forced to leave their homes in Hungary [Reuters]

Floodwaters have slowly subsided in Hungary, after the river Danube reached record levels on Sunday peaking at 8.91 metres.

Istvan Tarlos, Budapest's mayor, said on Monday that the capital city escaped damage from the swollen river as it started receding slowly. There were no fatalities in Hungary but 21 people have died in floods across central Europe.

"Thank God the river has started to recede... [and] I have no catastrophe to report," said Tarlos, stating that the previous peak record was at 8.6 metres in the 2006 floods.

Floods have forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes over the past week in Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary.

On Sunday, thousands of people left their homes in eastern Germany as a dam burst on the River Elbe and swathes of farmland were flooded in an attempt to spare towns.

'Very scary'

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Monday that 20,000 people worked the previous day along the Danube strengthening defences and now the focus would shift to the section of the river south of Budapest.

"As for the stretch south of Budapest the order is still the same as what applied to the northern part of the country: we do not give up any dykes," he said.

In Hungary, about 1,300 people from 34 towns and villages have been forced to leave their homes in Hungary and 44 roads have been closed due to the floods, authorities said on Sunday.

Budapest residents expressed relief that the worst was over.

"I don't envy those who had to be evacuated. The river looks very stubborn, very scary... luckily it's going down already," said 18-year-old Bence Abonyi, a resident, walking along an embankment that had been closed and flooded.

290

Source:
Agencies
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
People
Country
City
Featured on Al Jazeera
More than one-quarter of Gaza's population has been displaced, causing a humanitarian crisis.
Ministers and MPs caught on camera sleeping through important speeches have sparked criticism that they are not working.
Muslim charities claim discrimination after major UK banks began closing their accounts.
Italy struggles to deal with growing flood of migrants willing to risk their lives to reach the nearest European shores.
Featured
In Brussels, NGO staff are being trained to fill the shortfall of field workers in West Africa.
Lawsuit by 6-year-old girl, locked up for a year, reignites debate over indefinite detention of 'boat people'.
Indonesian and Malaysian authorities are keeping a close eye on local supporters of the hard-line Middle East group.
Citizens of the tiny African nation say they're increasingly anxious of the fallout after alleged coup.
A humanitarian crisis and a budget crisis converge in the heart of the human smuggling corridor in Texas.
join our mailing list