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Flood threats southern German state, neighboring countries


08:22, June 03, 2013

MUNICH, Germany, June 2 (Xinhua) -- The ongoing rain continues here in southern German state of Bavaria on Sunday, resulting in emergency to many parts and even to neighboring countries.

The flood situation worsened in much of southern and eastern Bavaria as a result of the week-long rain. The areas of the Danube and Inn are mainly affected.

In Passau, which lies at the joint point of the Danube, Inn and Ilz, the authorities expect a new record level of the Danube by early Monday morning. The old town of Passau is already under water. Some streets are cut off power supply due to security concerns.

It will be decided in the city of Regensburg in the next few hours whether about 250 residents should leave their neighborhood.

The Tegernsee in Bavaria is currently rising by about 10 centimeters per hour. The power supply there is also interrupted to some extent.

Parts of the highway A8 are locked at the freshwater lake Chiemsee. The railway also has big problems in the flooded areas, with several routes being blocked.

The neighboring states are also affected, including Saxony and Baden-Wuerttemberg.

The government of Czech Republic has issued state of emergency, with two dead and three missing. Austria and Switzerland next to Bavaria are in face of flood too. Their streets and railway lines are flooded or interrupted by boulders, local media reported.

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