Tuesday, June 11, 2013


http://edition.cnn.com - Soldiers dropped huge sandbags from army helicopters Tuesday as part of efforts to stem devastating flooding in northern Germany after the swollen Elbe River breached flood defenses. A sea of muddy brown water has flowed through two broken dikes in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes. The situation is stabilizing in the flooded village of Fischbeck, near the town of Stendal, which was left largely submerged after a dike there broke Sunday, officials said.
The flow of water pouring through a gaping breach nearly 50 meters (160 feet) across is now slowing, and water levels have dropped slightly across the state, Interior Minister said. 

The water level around Stendal has dropped about half a meter (20 inches) since its peak Monday morning, and should drop another 20 inches in the next 24 to 48 hours. The peak surpassed 8.2 meters (26.9 feet), breaking the 2002 record of 7.68 meters (25.2 feet). Police shut down the center of Wittenberg on Tuesday, a day after German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited to meet volunteers and see flood prevention efforts for herself. About 4,000 German soldiers have been deployed in Saxony-Anhalt, with some dispatched to drop the huge bags of sand from the air.
Three people died in the state last week in connection with the flooding. Another five deaths have been reported across the country.

Tens of  thousands of people were being forced to evacuate their homes across swathes of Germany and Hungary these days as further dramatic rises in the levels of the swollen Elbe and Danube rivers continued to cause some of the most devastating floods ever experienced in Central Europe. In the east German city of Magdeburg, some 23,000 residents were  forced to flee their homes as soldiers, rescue workers and volunteers battled furiously to shore up leaking dykes. Meteorologists says heavy rain was forecast for southern Germany and that further flooding in the region could not be ruled out. Global meat consumption, affects the whole planet without distinction between rich and poor countries.

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