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Flooding has continued to cause misery in Germany after a dam broke in the Fischbeck area in the north east on Monday.
Over the weekend, around 23,000 people had to leave nearby Magdeburg, as water levels in the Elbe rose to a record of 7.48 metres, around 5 metres above normal.
Volunteers in the city worked hard to save an important electric substation.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, continued her tour of flood-hit regions, visiting Wittenberge on Monday. The Chancellor praised the hard work of those dealing with the floods: “The people have been very impressive, both those who are volunteers, and also those who organise it professionally.”
She added: “On behalf of the federal government, I can tell you that we have chosen to give immediate and unbureaucratic help. That is the first step, but we know of course, that the damage will amount to several billions (of euros).”
In Poland, Sunday’s storms almost paralysed the city of Warsaw with around 30 litres of water falling per square meter in a three hour period.
Firefighters had to free people from eight trapped cars. Four underground stations on the city’s subway were flooded, leaving train services suspended for almost two hours.
More rain is forecast throughout Poland.
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