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Budapest battles the rising waters of the Danube


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Budapest battles the rising waters of the Danube

With the Danube river close to peak level in Budapest, Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said he would ask parliament to extend the state of emergency on Monday June 10.

Authorities and volunteers used hundreds of thousands of sandbags to bolster dykes and protect the capital.

Across Hungary, at least 1,200 people were evacuated and more than 40 roads closed.

The city of Visegrad is in a critical position, close to the Danube Bend.

László Cseke, the city’s Protection Director told euronews: “If we succeed in protection, we can’t say we won, it would be silly. We have to live with this beautiful river and we have to adapt ourselves to it.”

Access to several towns was already blocked on Sunday June 9.

Euronews’ Andrea Hoyogos reported from Visegrad: “The village of Kisoroszi, not far from here, is now completely cut off. It can’t even be reached by boat anymore, as the road that leads to the boat terminal is flooded.”

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