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Czech PM sends troops to protect Prague from floods

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas pledged 300 million Czech crowns ($15 million) to relief efforts and said another 2,000 troops were ready to support the 300 soldiers already helping to erect temporary barriers and pile sandbags in Prague and other areas.

Firefighters remove debris from Netolice creek which flooded the south Bohemian village of Nemcicky. Credit: REUTERS/Petr Josek

"The government approved the declaration of a state of emergency, which will enable a more effective rescue effort," said Necas after an emergency cabinet meeting, adding that there was another 1.3 billion crowns available to help fund the cleanup operation.

The historic area of Prague is a UNESCO heritage site boasting hundreds of well-preserved buildings, churches and monuments dating back centuries, including the Charles Bridge straddling the Vltava that was closed due to high water

Czech emergency declared as floods threaten Prague

Czech Prime Minister Petr Necas declared a state of emergency for most of the nation on Sunday as swollen rivers caused by days of heavy rain threatened Prague's historic centre and forced evacuations from low-lying areas.

Prague authorities limited public transport and planned to close underground stations in the centre of the city as water from the Vltava River overflowed into picturesque areas popular with tourists

The main train line connecting the capital and the east of the country was also shut.

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Report: '13 injured' after powerful explosion in Prague

A powerful explosion has damaged a building in the centre of the Czech capital Prague, the Associated Press reports.

Police spokesman Tomas Hulan said it is not immediately clear what caused the blast and it is believed some people are buried in the rubble.

At least 13 people have been injured, fire service spokeswoman Pavlina Adamcova said.

Windows in buildings located hundreds of metres from the blast were shattered, including some in the nearby National Theatre.

London bus 'does press-ups'

Czech artist David Cerny has turned a London bus into a robotic sculpture. The bus does press-ups with the help of an engine powering a pair of robotic arms. Cerny hopes it could become an unofficial mascot of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

It will be parked outside the Czech Olympic headquarters in London for the duration of the Games.

Factory in Prague where the bus was made Credit: Reuters
Robot made from a London bus does press-ups Credit: Reuters
The machine was put together in Prague Credit: Reuters

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