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Members of the Red Cross make their way by boats in the flooded street in the center of Passau, southern Germany, Monday, June 3, 2013. Raging waters from three rivers have flooded large parts of the southeast German city following days of heavy rainfall in central Europe. A spokesman for the city’s crisis center said Monday that the situation was “extremely dramatic” and waters are expected to rise further by midday to their level highest in 70 years. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

Europe hit with worst floods in 70 years

At least 16 people are reported dead as flood waters rise across sections of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Czech Republic. The city of Passau in southeast Germany was among the hardest-hit, with water relentlessly pouring in from three swollen rivers as rescuers used boats to evacuate stranded residents. The German army has sent 1,760 soldiers to help with flood defenses, while in the Czech Republic, authorities are scrambling to erect more barriers to protect Prague. (June 7)