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Germany prepares for floods

Germany prepares for floods
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Germany is bracing for the worst as rivers in the east of the country continue to rise.

Officials have raised the disaster alert status up to three, one below most severe, and are frantically trying to reinforce river bank defences in an effort to contain the swelling floodwaters.

The Oder and Neisse rivers in the eastern German state of Brandenburg are particularly badly affected, rising much quicker than anticipated in the last 24 hours.

Elsewhere, in Poland, high water levels are now said to be falling following torrential rain that left at least 16 people dead and forced tens of thousands to flee their homes.

The economic cost has also been high, an estimated two billion euros. Despite calls to amend this year’s budget to help flood victims, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk has insisted this will not be necessary. He says almost 500 million euros has already been set aside to help deal with the damage.

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