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June 4, 2013
Death toll hits 10 in European flooding

BERLIN (AP) -- Germany dispatched thousands of soldiers Tuesday to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-soaked Danube and other southern rivers -- reinforcements that came a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501.

The death toll rose to at least 10, including seven in the neighboring Czech Republic, where a man was found dead in the water in eastern Bohemia. Another nine people have been reported missing in the floods that have also swept through Austria and Switzerland.

Some 4,000 German soldiers were called in as well as more than 2,000 federal disaster workers and 600 federal police to sandbag areas in danger of flooding and provide other assistance. Water levels were still rising in major rivers such as the Danube and Elbe as well as tributaries.

In the Czech Republic, authorities evacuated animals from the Prague zoo and closed a major bridge in the capital on Tuesday.

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Members of the Red Cross make their way by boats in the flooded street in the center of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. Raging waters from three rivers have flooded large parts of the southeast German city following days of heavy rainfall in central Europe. A spokesman for the city's crisis center said Monday that the situation was "extremely dramatic" and waters are expected to rise further by midday to their highest level in 70 years. AP / Matthias Schrader
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An aerial view of highways crossing fields flooded by the swollen river Vltava in southern suburbs of Prague on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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An aerial view of a road flooded by the Labe river near Terezin, about 60 kilometres (37.2 miles) north of Prague, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Radek Petrasek
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An aerial view of the village Zalezlice flooded by the swollen river Vltava, 36 kilometres (22 miles) North of Prague on Tuesday, June 4. AP / Vit Simanek
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The Prague Zoo flooded by the swollen river Vltava photographed in this Tuesday June 4, 2013 aerial view. AP / Vit Simanek
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An aerial view of the village Kresice flooded by the swollen river Elber, 63 kilometres (39 miles) Northwest of Prague on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Radek Petrasek
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Rudolf (11) crosses the flooded market place of the city of Wehlen at river Elbe, Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber
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Two men in a boat cross the flooded market place of the city of Wehlen at the river Elbe , Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber
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Volunteers walk through the flooded streets of the city Pirna, Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber
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A couple takes pictures with their mobile devices as they stand with rubber boots in the flooded streets of the city of Pirna, Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber
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Men make their way in the flooded streets of the city of Pirna, Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber
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German soldiers shovel mud off a street in Passau, Germany, Tuesday June 4, 2013. Floodwaters in Passau are receding from the highest level seen in more than five centuries but cities downstream are bracing themselves as swollen rivers sweep through southeastern Germany. AP / Andreas Gebert
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Red cross teams use boats to evacuate people after river Danube flooded the old town of Passau, southern Germany, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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A red cross team uses a boat to evacuate a man from a house after the river Danube flooded the old town of Passau, southern Germany, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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Drenched dummies stand in front of a store after the floods receded in downtown Passau, southern Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Karl-Josef Hildenbrand
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Photo provided by German government shows German Chancllor Angela Merkel in a helicopter as she watches the areas hit by floods between Dresden and Pirna, eastern Germany, Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Steffen Kugler
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Overview over the flooded old centre of Passau, southern Germany, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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A man stands at his flooded house near Cidlina river in Novy Bydzov, about 90 km (55miles) east of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / David Tanecek
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Aerial view of the swollen Vltava river´s flooded Red Mill at chateau park in Veltrusy, about 35 km (21.7) north of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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Aerial view of the swollen Vltava river´s flooded Mirejovice village near Kralupy nad Vltavou, about 35 km (21.7 miles) north of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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An aerial view of the swollen Vltava river that flooded Luzec nad Vltavou village near Melnik, about 40 km (24.8 miles) north of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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An aerial view of the swollen Vltava river´ and the flooded area at Zalezlice village near Melnik, about 35 km (21.7miles) north of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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An aerial view of the swollen Vltava river and a flooded house near Stare Ouholice village near Kralupy nad Vltavou, about 35 km (21.7 miles) north of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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An aerial view of the swollen Vltava river that flooded Luzec nad Vltavou village near Melnik, about 40 km (24.8 miles) north of Prague, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Vit Simanek
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A campground is flooded along in Waging am See, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Peter Kneffel
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The motorway A8 is flooded near Grabenstaett at the lake Chiemsee, south of Munich, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Peter Kneffel
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The city hall of Grimma, eastern Germany, is surrounded by floods Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Jens Wolf
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A general view shows the flooded center of Passau, southern Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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An aerial view of the flooding in Passau, Germany, photographed Monday June 3, 2013. AP / Peter Kneffel
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An aerial view of the swollen river Mulde and the floods around some houses north of Eilenburg, Germany on Monday June 3, 2013. AP / Jens Wolf
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An aerial view of the swollen Mulde river with the flooded city of Grimma, Germany on Monday June 3, 2013. AP / Jens Wolf
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Highway A8 is flooded near Kolbermoor, Germany, Monday June 3, 2013. AP / Peter Kneffel
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A woman takes pictures of the destroyed highway 8 (A8) from Munich to Salzburg in Grabenstaett near Traunstein, southern Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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People watch the flooded highway 8 from Munich to Salzburg in Grabenstaett near Traunstein, southern Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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Members of the red cross make their way by boats in the flooded street in the centre of Passau, southern Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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Members of the red cross make their way by boats in the flooded street in the centre of Passau, southern Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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Members of the red cross use a boat to evacuate people on a flooded street in the centre of Passau, southern Germany, on Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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A volunteer carries a woman from her working place out of the old town of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Andreas Gebert
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Rescue workers evacuate residents in Grimma, Germany, Monday June 3, 2013. AP / Jan Woitas
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People stand in the flooded centre of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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People walk through the flooded centre of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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People walk through the flooded centre of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Matthias Schrader
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A woman with rubber boots walks across a flooded street under a bridge in Dresden, Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. AP / Markus Schreiber

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