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04 June 2013 / All photos: © ANP /

Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers including the Elbe. In Halle, an appeal has gone out to residents to help reinforce flood defences while Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has promised 100m euros (£78m; $130m) in emergency aid for flood-hit areas. Water levels were hitting the highest level in more than 500 years.

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A street is flooded in the city of Stadtroda, Germany, 31 May 2013. Most of the eastern German state of Thuringia remains under a severe weather alert

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View of flooded Mainwiesen and festival tents in Wuerzburg, Germany, 02 June 2013 as the Africa festival in the city is cancelled ahead of schedule due to flooding

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A car stands on its nose in front of a house after a mudflow burst through Hoegmoos, Taxenbach, 100 km south of Salzburg, Austria, 02 June 2013. After days of torrential rainfall local waterways have burst their banks bringing flooding and mudflow to residential areas

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A boat is anchored next to a bridge in Cologne, Germany, June 3, 2013. North Rhine-Westphalia has mostly be spared from flooding. The level in the Rhine in Cologne was just below the 7.00 m mark.

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Boats are anchored next to a bridge in Cologne, Germany, June 3, 2013. North Rhine-Westphalia has mostly be spared from flooding. The level in the Rhine in Cologne was just below the 7.00 m mark.

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A general view at Ranshofen power plant after heavy rains, Austria, 03 June 2013. After the heavy rains in Austria it has come to flooding. Countries in Central Europe are suffering from their worst flooding in more than a decade after days of heavy rains left at least three people dead and inundated homes and motorways.

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Dwellings close to the river in the town of Wetterzeube in eastern Germany dangerously threatened by floodwater June 3, 2013 after the Weisse Elster (White Elster) broke its banks following days of torrential rainfall. The region's flood alert service has issued a further warning that the forecasting of continuing heavy rain is likely to worsen the situation

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A man carries a woman through flood water in a street after flood waters overflowed the banks of the White Elster River in Gera, Germany, June 3, 2013. Flood warning level four is in effect along the White Elster and the Saale.

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Areas of land flooded near Kolbermoor, Germany, June 3 2013. Heavy rains are causing serious flooding in Bavaria and other areas of Germany

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A handout photo released by Bavarian state Environment and Health ministry shows an aerial view of the flooded banks of the Inn river, in Wasserburg am Inn, Bavaria, on June 3, 2013 as due to heavy rainfalls, parts of southern and eastern Germany were flooded

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An aeral view shows the Prague Zoo under water on June 03, 2013 as the Czech capital was flooded, with metro stations and elementary and secondary schools shut after the Vltava river rose, flooding parts of the historic city centre due to heavy rainfalls.

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Aerial view taken on June 3, 2013 shows the flooded village of Kolbermoor, southern Germany. Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit central Europe.

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A beergarden and a playground are submerged in floodwater from Chiemsee Lake in Chiemgau, Germany, 03 June 2013. Heavy rains are causing serious flooding in Bavaria and other areas of Germany.

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A young man on a air mattress paddles in the flooded streets of Passau, Germany, 03 June 2013. The level of the river Danube has already risen past the historic record flood level of 1954 at 12.20 meters and is forecast to rise further.

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A handout photo released by Bavarian state Environment and Health ministry shows an aerial view of the village of Rosenheim, Bavaria, being under water, on June 3, 2013 as due to heavy rainfalls, parts of southern and eastern Germany were flooded.

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Flood protection in Krems, Austria, 04 June 2013

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An aerial view shows flooded areas along the Isar river near Munich, Germany, 03 June 2013. Heavy rains are causing serious flooding in Bavaria and other areas of Germany.

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he "Ukraina" ship lays in the port of Bratislava flooded by the Danube river on June 3, 2013. Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit central Europe.

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he town hall of Grimma in eastern Germany's Saxony region is isolated 3 June 2013 from neighbouring old town centre buildings by floodwater after the River Mulde burst its banks following days of torrential rain in the area.

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The old Town Centre of Grimma, affectionately known as the Pearl of the Mulde River Valley, takes on a Venice-like appearance 3 June 2013 as flood waters fill its streets following days of torrential rainfall.

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A flood wall and a waterpump is pictured on June 3, 2013 in Mauter, Austrai. Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit central Europe

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A -closed to access -pedestrian bridge is seen over the Danube river in Vienna on June 3, 2013. Much of the western provinces of Vorarlberg, Tyrol and Salzburg, as well as northern Upper Austria were under flood alert. Several rail services were also halted due to landslides in Salzburg and Tyrol, Austrian Rail said, while a section of the motorway to Switzerland was closed because of floodin

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An aerial view shows the flooded Hofwiesen Park with the Stadium of Friendship in Gera, Germany, 03 June 2013. Heavy rains are causing serious flooding in Thuringia and other areas of Germany.

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The famous Semper Opera house (R) is protected with sandbags and mobile flood walls against the rising waters of the nearby Elbe river in Dresden, Germany, 04 June 2013.

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A firefighter uses binoculars to observe the high levels of the Elbe river from the bank oposite of the Bruehlsche Terrace in Dresden, Germany, 04 June 2013.

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The Sunken City, flooded restaurants along the waterfront area, Copa Cagrana, of the Danube river in Vienna, Austria, 04 June 2013

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Flooded restaurants along the Copa Cagrana a waterfront area along the Danube river in Vienna, 04 June 2013

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The Sunken City, flooded restaurants along the waterfront. Copa Cagrana. area of the Danube river in Vienna, Austria, 04 June 2013

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Three men stand behind wooden panels erected to protect a restaurant against the floods of the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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A woman and a child stand on a street flooded by the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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A man works on a distribution box in a street flooded by the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013

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Helpers stand in a street flooded by the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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People have piled up sand bags in front of a house flooded by the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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A man walks through a street flooded by the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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People have piled up sand bags in front of a house flooded by the river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013

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Firefighters begin clean up efforts after water flooded streets and houses in Huettau, Salzburg, Austria, 04.June 2013.

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View of floodwaters in Walding, Upper Austria, on 04 June 2013. After heavy rains, areas along the Danube river in eastern Austria are flooded as the high water levels move downstream

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An excavator removes a wrecked car from other debris as emergency service workers continue to help with clean up operations following the severe flooding in Hüttau (Salzburg), Austria, 04.June 2013.

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The floods of the river Elbe submerge a sports ground in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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A man looks at the flooding river Elbe in Pirna, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013

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A woman stands in her mud covered garage after floodwater declined in Goessnitz, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013.

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A bus stop is overflooded in Dresden, eastern Germany, on June 4, 2013. Torrential rain and heavy flooding hit central Europe.
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A woman stands in the flooded entrance of a house in the old city of Passau, southern Germany

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Sun shines over the river Blanice in Putim, near Pisek, Czech Republic, on June 5, 2013

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man pours water out of the window of a house in the river Blanice in Putim, near Pisek, Czech Republic, on June 5, 2013

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Submerged cars are seen on the parking of a Range Rover car dealership in the Bavarian village Fischerdorf near Deggendorf, southern Germany, on June 5, 2013

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Aerial view shows flooded streets in Goehlis, eastern Germany, on June 5, 2013. German, Czech and Austrian river cities braced for rising flood waters, evacuating thousands and boosting defences along the swollen Elbe and Danube, after inundations from heavy rains left 11 people dead

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Aerial view shows a flooded container storage facility in Riesa, eastern Germany, on June 5, 2013.

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The intersection of Autobahn A3 and Autobahn A92 is flooded by the Danube after a dam burst near Deggendorf, Germany, 05 June 2013.

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A house which was flooded by the Danube after a dam burst near Deggendorf, Germany, 05 June 2013

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A man in rubber boots walks on sand bags piled up in protection against the floods in Dresden, eastern Germany, on June 6, 2013.

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German army forces load sandbags from a collection point in Loedderitz on June 6, 2013

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Caption Volunteers confer as they stack sandbags as the water from river Saale overruns the central German town of Calbe on June 6, 2013