1. DOWNPOUR

    Four Dead in Central Europe Floods

    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)

    Matthias Schrader/AP,Matthias Schrader

    At least four people are dead and eight more are missing as torrential downpours hit central Europe, while Prague is on high alert that floodwaters could swamp the city. Main roads in the region have been closed and thousands of homes have been evacuated. Rail lines have been shut down, and electricity has been cut as a precaution. Underground stations in Prague were closed, businesses shuttered, and even animals from the city’s zoo were evacuated. Austria and Germany are also preparing for potential flooding.

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