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Europe flooding kills at least nine

Europe flooding kills at least nine
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Flooding is wreaking more havoc in central and eastern Europe, with at least nine people now reported dead.

More than half of those killed are in Poland, among them an eight-year-old boy. As nearby river levels rise, the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz has been closed to visitors and some of its archives moved.

Hungary has also been hit by the unusually bad weather. Despite efforts to keep the floodwaters at bay, more than 2,000 people have been forced from their homes.

Pal Bartfai, a local mayor in northeastern Hungary, said: “If the tide gets higher we will need an immediate response, we are ready with sandbags. People will go and work where the situation is most critical.”

In the Czech Republic, where a 69-year-old woman drowned on Monday, more people have been forced to flee. Power cuts have also occurred in several towns in the country.