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Czech Republic: Flood Prevention

Torrential rain has left parts of Central Europe underwater, with the Danube and Elbe rivers and their tributaries rising to record levels.

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In the Czech Republic, the havoc wreaked by the floods of 2002 had barely been dealt with when fresh floods hit. Tens of thousands of people have had to flee their homes, in many cases being housed in emergency accommodation. The Czech government has now invested several millions euros in retention basins and reservoirs to prevent further flooding. The dams are being kept topped up in order to ensure traffic can still ply the rivers.