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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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Soldiers called in to reinforce Prague flood defences

Czech authorities have been scrambling to reinforce flood defences in Prague as the rising river Vltava threatened to engulf the capital's historic centre after days of heavy rain.

Czech soldiers erect metal barriers next to the medieval Charles bridge Credit: REUTERS/Petr Josek

Prime Minister Petr Necas said 300 soldiers have been deployed to help local authorities and that up to 2,000 have been placed on standby.

A tourist surveys the flooded River Vltava Credit: APTN

The Czech government has declared a state of emergency in six regions that have been badly hit by the flooding, in the western half of the country and Prague.

Thousands of people have had to be relocated from their homes across the country, and a Prague hospital and zoo had to be partially evacuated.

The water in the River Vltava is almost at the level of the city's bridges Credit: APTN

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