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Czech emergency services work round the clock to evacuate flooded villages

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Czech emergency services work round the clock to evacuate flooded villages

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Days of heavy rain have forced emergency services to work round the clock trying to evacuate residents from flooded villages in the Czech Republic.

The village of Krivousy, 30 kilometres north of Prague, has been inundated by the river Vltava.

Some locals who lived through the 2002 floods refuse to leave this time.

For Krivousy Mayor Jana Koberov it’s a problem: “The floods this year aren’t so devastating but we won’t be able to get to some the villages until next week.”

That means hardship for those cut off – many of the villages such as Krivousy and Neratovice have no electricity or drinking water.

Over the last few days thousands have sought shelter at relatives’ homes or in schools. For resident Eva Bittnerova it is especially heartbreaking.

“We had just built our new house here in Zalezlice after the 2002 floods. Now that has been flooded we will have to start all over again.”

The same village could have been spared this time if a protective dike had not been delayed by a dispute over land. Yesterday the semi-finished dike gave way under the onslaught of in-pouring muddy water