9 Aug 2010

Flash floods kill 15 in central Europe

7:28 am on 9 August 2010

Rescue workers in towns in central Europe are trying to clear flood-borne debris and evacuate victims after heavy rains killed at least 15 people over the weekend.

Heavy downpours on Saturday caused rivers to overflow their banks and a dam to burst, submerging Bogatynia and other towns in the southwest corner of Poland, killing at least three people.

Flood damage and deaths also were reported in neighbouring countries.

The death toll in the Czech Republic grew to five on Sunday and another three were missing and feared drowned.

Three people died in the German town of Neukirchen, near the Czech border and in neighbouring Lithuania, falling trees and structures killed four and injured several.

The army, police and fire service rescuers were using amphibious vehicles, helicopters and heavy earth-moving equipment to evacuate flood victims and clear debris including damaged cars blocking narrow streets.