Many evacuated in Germany as dam on Elbe river breaks
Berlin (PTI): As the flood-swollen Elbe river continued to rise dramatically and wrecked havoc along its northward surge, several thousand more...
Berlin (PTI): As the flood-swollen Elbe river continued to rise dramatically and wrecked havoc along its northward surge, several thousand more residents have been evacuated in Germany from areas facing the possibility of being submerged. A dam collapsed on Sunday close to the area where the Elbe meets its tributary the Saale triggered a torrent of flood waters and inundated several villages as well as the town Aken. Rescue teams used army helicopters and amphibious tanks to remove many residents from their flooded homes. The situation in Magdeburg, state capital of Saxony Anhalt, remained critical as the flood level reached a new record of 7.48 metres, compared to the Elbe's normal level of 2 metres and 6.7 metres. City authorities ordered the evacuation of around 23,000 people. Hundreds of soldiers, rescue workers and volunteers struggled to shore up several dykes in Magdeburg in a stretch of 40 km amidst mounting concern that some of them may not withstand the pressure from the swollen river for a long time.