05/06/13 20:15 CET
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In the Czech capital Prague there is relief that the water has stopped rising in the River Vltava. But the situation is said to be almost as bad as serious floods more than ten years ago.
More than 7,000 people in the country have been forced to leave their homes, but Jiri Svarovsky is still living in the flat above his restaurant, which has been completely destroyed.
“All we can do now is wait for the flood to go, and then we have to clean up, carry on cleaning up, and then start renovating,” he says.
It is not the first time those working here have experienced flooding like this. Jiri displayed a board of photos showing damage from an even worse disaster in August 2002.
Euronews correspondent Andrea Hajagos is in Prague: “The water in this house came up to here yesterday,” she said, illustrating a dirty mark about a metre high on the outside wall. The water level has since dropped significantly. “So now the situation is much better, at least here. But still nobody knows when people who have been evacuated can move back to their homes.”
Numerous Prague suburbs have been under water but levels there appear to be receding. Other European countries like Hungary still fear flooding.
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