Death toll rises to six

Five people earlier on Monday were confirmed to have lost their lives in connection with floods that have wreaked havoc across Bohemia. Pavla Kopecká, the spokeswoman for the police presidium in Prague, told the Czech news agency that a 69-year-old man in the village of Měčín in the Klatovy area had drowned after falling into a runoff sluice. At the weekend, a woman and a man in Třebenice outside Prague were the first victims when their cottage collapsed in a flood-related mudslide. An 82-year-old man died in the Benešov area also lost his life, as did a 55-year-old boater.

Late on Monday, a sixth person, an electrician, was killed while trying to disconnect a transformer that had been flooded.

Author: Jan Velinger