Thousands of Germans evacuated as flood levees break

  • More than 30,000 people in the eastern German city of Halle were evacuated on Wednesday after rivers reached levels not seen in 400 years.

    Meanwhile, rescuers in the southern German town of Deggendorf used helicopters to lift families off rooftops.

    Floodwater has also affected parts of Austria and the Czech Republic.

    At least 13 people have so far been killed and a further two are missing.

    Eight people were reported dead in the Czech Republic, three in Germany and two people dead and two missing in Austria.

    The rising waters are the result of exceptionally heavy rain in recent weeks.

    Chemical plants located close to the rivers have been closed and their chemicals removed.

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged $130 million dollars in aid to help flood-hit regions after visiting the worst affected areas earlier this week.

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