Rivers approach highest level in 70 years in Passau

Raging waters from three rivers have flooded large parts of the south-east German town of Passau following days of heavy rainfall in central Europe.

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 street sign is partially submerged in the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau,
street sign is partially submerged in the flooded centre of the Bavarian town of Passau Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

A spokesman for the city's crisis centre said the situation was "extremely dramatic" and waters are expected to rise further by midday to their level highest in 70 years.

Much of the city is reportedly only accessible by boat and there are power outages in some areas.

The floodwater has reached the level of this restaurant sign in one part of the town
The floodwater has reached the level of this restaurant sign in one part of the town Credit: REUTERS/Michaela Rehle

At least four people have reportedly died and nine are missing due to floods in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic in recent days.

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