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Waters Crest In Prague, Flooding Heads North

Flood waters have crested in Prague and the problem has shifted northward.

Czech officials said on June 4 that the worst of the flooding had now passed Prague and efforts would soon shift from shoring up areas along the Vltava River and other areas of the country to clean-up work, which is expected to last many days and is estimated to cost nearly $2 billion.

Czech officials stressed water levels will not drop for some time but assured that the worst of the flooding was behind.

Areas in Germany that border the Czech Republic were bracing for a new deluge.

The last several days of flooding have left at least six people dead in the Czech Republic, caused the evacuations of thousands of people, disrupted transport links, forced the closure of schools, and led workers to evacuate hundreds of animals from the Prague Zoo.

The Czech government has declared a state of emergency and approved the release of disaster-relief funds to deal with the worst flooding in the region since 2002.

Flooding has also deluged parts of Germany, Austria, and Switzerland, forcing evacuations and causing several deaths.

Based on reporting by CTK, Bloomberg, Reuters, AFP, and dpa