Save the Ancient City
We begin with a look at the floods that are threatening cities and towns across Europe. Dozens of people have been killed by swelling rivers in Germany, Austria, Russia, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. The situation is particularly difficult in the Czech capital, tens of thousands of people are being evacuated from Prague, which is facing the worst flooding in more than a hundred years. The river Voltava is nearing the top of the city's medieval embankments. Robin Kurno has more now on the floods.
These buildings in Prague's city center were built in medieval times, they have stood for centuries. But now much of this historic part of the city is expected to be swallowed up by a deluge of water. Other parts are already submerged. This is worst flood in the Czech Republic for more than a century. Almost 50,000 people have been ordered to evacuate the capital and surrounding areas. But many are refusing to go, risking be trapped by the rising waters.
Away from the city center, locals have been desperately trying to save their possessions and property. But they have little chance against the onslaught of water and debris. Frustration is growing.
AN UNIDENTIED MAN
We live over there, those are our houses, but we can't reach them. There's too much water.
Some have lost all they own.
AN UNIDENTIED MAN
Everything is damaged, the television set, the refrigerator, washing machine, microwave, everything. Furniture, clothing...
The torrential rains have also caused havoc and misery across Europe for days. In Germany, firefighters and soldiers are desperately trying to reinforce strained riverbanks. They fear the catastrophe could get worse, as dams along the Danube are in danger of breaking. The old town of Basold on the Austrian border was completely submerged. Across Europe, shipping has been shut down,
in Austria heavy waters have swept away Russian tourists, landslides have swamped areas of Switzerland, and crops have been decimated in Northern Italy. And still the rains continue.