Four feared dead, 2,000 evacuated in severe floods
The Czech Republic is counting the human cost of the latest round of severe flooding to hit the country, which claimed up to four lives and made 2,000 others temporarily homeless. The worst of the flooding occurred in the South Bohemia region, but rising waters have reached as far as the River Vltava in Prague. Rob Cameron reports.
So far four people are feared dead. Police in the town of Pisek said a thick oak tree uprooted and fell on a hut, killing a 21-year-old woman working at a summer camp in the village of Varvazov. The flooded Malse river swept away a car with a driver in the southern town of Kaplice; he is feared dead. Czech Radio reported a 19-year-old woman was also feared drowned after her raft capsized, and a fireman died of a heart attack during rescue work.
Meteorologists say rainfall over the last few days was equivalent to a three-month summer average. Many watching the floods on television will have remembered 1997, when the worse flooding for a century hit east Bohemia and Moravia, making thousands homeless and killing more than 50 people. This year's disaster is on a much lesser scale, but for many people in South Bohemia the experience will be a traumatic one, as they start the grim task of rebuilding ruined homes.