Sixteen dead in Europe floods

Authorities say at least 16 people have died and at least four others are missing in flooding which has hit many parts of central Europe.

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Record-high rivers cause flooding in central Europe

Torrential rain has caused rivers to break their banks in central Europe leaving towns and cities under several feet of water.

Parts of the Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Poland have reported serious flooding, with water levels reaching record highs.

The statue of world harmony leader Sri Chinmoy has become part of the Vltava river in Prague Credit: REUTERS/David W Cerny

The Czech government has drafted in 300 soldiers to help bolster flood defences after the river Vltava broke its banks.

Flooded houses next to river Steyr are pictured during heavy rainfall in the small Austrian city of Steyr Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

Local media cited the head of Hungary's National Disaster Authority as saying that water levels in the Danube could exceed the height seen in the record flooding in 2002.

The town of Passau in southern Germany is seeing some of the worst flooding in 70 years.

Emergency workers travel by boat along a flooded street in the centre of the Austrian town of Melk Credit: REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

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