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Hungary Braces for Flooding Emergency

By    |   Thursday, 06 Jun 2013 12:25 PM

BUDAPEST, Hungary - Northwestern Hungary is bracing for the possibility of massive flooding, with forecasters predicting the Danube River could rise to levels not seen in 50 years, the Daily Hungary newspaper reported Thursday.

With torrential rains expected to fall throughout the nation in the next few days, Prime Minister Viktor Orban declared a state of emergency and announced that plans are in place for the possible evacuation of up to 80,000 people, including 55,000 in Budapest's Obuda district.

Orban said he did not want to sow panic, but to ensure that people are "ready for everything."

Rail services have been curtailed and closures have taken place in some areas of northern Hungary, with train service between Komarom and Esztergom suspended until further notice.

Water levels are expected to peak on Monday, reaching more than 29 feet in Budapest.


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BUDAPEST, Hungary - Northwestern Hungary is bracingfor the possibility of massive flooding, with forecasters predicting the Danube River could rise to levels not seen in 50 years, the Daily Hungary newspaper reported Thursday.
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