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Heavy Floods Threaten Parts of Central Europe

Parts of Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic are on high flood alert as rising water levels threaten cities and drive thousands from their homes.

At least eight people were killed across the region as a result of the floods, including one who died in a landslide in Austria.

In the Czech capital, Prague, authorities were erecting protective barriers along the Vltava River, which began flooding the historic city center. Schools and metro stations were closed as authorities declared a state of emergency.

The flooding also affected southern and eastern Germany. In the city of Passau, which lies at the confluence of three rivers, water levels exceeded the record set there during flooding in 1954.

Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes as rescue workers used boats to retrieve those left stranded.

Heavy rains are expected to continue throughout late Monday.

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