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A thousand people flee as town of Dresden floods

Flood levels in the eastern German city of Dresden were expected to rise further today as the Elbe river flooded large parts of the old town.

Some 1,000 people have been evacuated from their homes so far and the city issued a level four flood warning - the highest on the scale.

Dresden's historic Schlossplatz square is largely underwater
Dresden's historic Schlossplatz square is largely underwater Credit: Reuters
The River Elbe has almost reached the top of the arches on this old bridge
The Elbe river has almost reached the top of the arches on this old bridge Credit: Reuters
Sandbags protect a school from the rising water
Sandbags protect a school from the rising water Credit: Reuters

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