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Cancellations, Delays and Overcrowded Trains: Flood Evacuations Intensify in Germany's Danube Towns

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Photo: Cancellations, Delays and Overcrowded Trains: Flood Evacuations Intensify in Germany's Danube Towns. Source: GettyImages
Photo: Cancellations, Delays and Overcrowded Trains: Flood Evacuations Intensify in Germany's Danube Towns. Source: GettyImages

The situation is expected to worsen, and the floods are expected to peak on Monday in the towns on the Danube in Germany. The highest level of warning has been issued for these areas. In the town of Kelheim, the Danube's level could reach its highest level in 20 years, Spiegel reports.

Rail traffic in some parts of southern Germany is significantly restricted. Deutsche Bahn asks its customers to postpone ‘non-essential’ trips.

‘We do not recommend travelling to the flood-affected areas in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg and recommend postponing non-essential travel,’ Deutsche Bahn announced. 

Since Friday, people in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg have been struggling with masses of water. Now Regensburg has also declared a disaster, with the water level rising to almost six metres. The city announced that early this morning, the water level at the Iron Bridge measuring point reached 5.80 metres. 

The Bavarian Flood Intelligence Service reported 5.90 metres at 7am.

Last Tuesday, the average was around 2.70 metres. According to experts, the last major flood on 4 June 2013 measured exactly 6.82 metres.

Over the weekend, several districts and cities in Bavaria have already declared a natural disaster. After several days of continuous rain, rivers and streams burst their banks in many areas and thousands of people were forced to leave their homes.

The German Meteorological Service expects showers and heavy rain again on Monday south of the Danube and in the Bavarian Forest, with some heavy thunderstorms later in the day. Heavy rain is also possible again.


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