Central Europe floods

This item appears on page 18 of the August 2013 issue.

In Central Europe, unusually heavy rains in June instigated landslides and caused several rivers to overflow their banks, flooding towns and threatening several cities. In Germany, Hungary, Czech Republic, Austria and Poland, at least 19 people died and tens of thousands were evacuated.

In Budapest, the Danube River crested at a historic peak of 8.91 meters (29 feet). The Elbe River, at one point, was running at seven meters above normal levels. Many river cruise companies were forced to modify itineraries and cancel or reschedule cruises.