'Worst Floods of All Time' to Wallop Hungary

Record-high water levels hit Central Europe
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 7, 2013 9:44 AM CDT
The lower embankment of Buda is seen after it was inundated by the flooding River Danube in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, June 6 , 2013. The Danube is expected to peak on June 10.   (AP Photo/MTI,Szilard Koszticsak)
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(Newser) – Hungary is in need of an ark. As the Danube swells, record-high levels of 29 feet are expected, with waters peaking near the Slovakian border tomorrow and in Budapest on Monday. PM Viktor Orban isn't mincing words: He says the nation could see "the worst floods of all time." With a state of emergency declared, the BBC reports volunteers numbering in the thousands worked through the night to build up the banks of Europe's second-longest river, while 400 people have already been evacuated, according to CNN. That follows the evacuation of tens of thousands in Germany and some 20,000 in the Czech Republic, which, along with Austria, have seen deadly floods that have thus far killed 15. (Read more Hungary stories.)

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