Emergency teams across central and eastern Europe are working around the clock to restore basic services to areas hit hard by recent torrential rains. The floods have killed at least 34 people as swollen rivers and lakes have burst their banks cutting off entire communities.
In Germany, the situation seems to be easing in southern Bavaria, but residents living along the Danube, Inn and Isar rivers are on alert amid fears of further flooding. However, experts say the waters will not rise as high as they first feared. Across the border in Switzerland up to seven people have been killed by the floods. They have affected an area from the Bernese Alps to St Gallen in the north east. In the Swiss capital Berne the river Aare has burst its banks leaving parts of the city without electricity and many popular mountain resorts have been cut off. Thousands of Swiss have been evacuated from their homes, and it is feared more bad weather is on its way. But it is Romania that has borne the brunt of the deadly floods, the central Hargita and Mures regions are worst affected. Many towns are without gas or water. Mudslides have blocked off access to others. After torrential downpours overnight the death toll has risen to 25. It is believed seven elderly people were swept to their deaths by swollen rivers – eight more people are reported missing.