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Flood Waters Sweep Across Europe

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German Bundeswehr soldiers and other helpers pile sandbags in Rothensee, a suburb of Magdeburg, at river Elbe, eastern Germany, June 9, 2013.

German Bundeswehr soldiers and other helpers pile sandbags in Rothensee, a suburb of Magdeburg, at river Elbe, eastern Germany, June 9, 2013.

German authorities have ordered the evacuation of several villages as flooding continues to sweep across central Europe.

The Elbe river swelled to water levels more than five meters above normal in the German city of Magdeburg.

Along with the Elbe, the Danube Vlatava rivers have overflowed after a week of heavy rains, causing extensive damage in the Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary and Poland.

Firefighters in the Polish capital, Warsaw, evacuated passengers Sunday from flooded vehicles on the city's busiest motorways. Many major roads were not accessible and long traffic jams blocked the major highways in the city.

Officials have reported at least 21 flood-related deaths across central Europe.

Related video footage of flooding in Europe

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