Czech Republic hit by heavy rainfall, at least one death

One man is dead and a 74-year-old woman is missing after flooding in the eastern Czech Republic, news wires reported. Several people needed to be freed from their cars, a fire department spokesperson said on Monday.

Heavy rainfall in the region has caused a series of smaller rivers to overflow on Sunday night, leaving multiple people stranded in their homes. In some places, streets were covered by 1 metre of water.

A bridge was ripped away near the community of Oskava and power and gas lines were damaged. About 200 members of the rescue services had to be called in to pump out cellars and clear streets.

The affected region is about 200 kilometres east of Prague.

 

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