Floods in Prague to Reach Peak on Tuesday - Report
Floods in the capital of the Czech Republic will reach their peak on Tuesday as the water level of the Vltava River in Prague is expected to rise further, the CTK news agency reported, according to RIA Novosti.
Authorities in Prague declared a state of emergency on Sunday after the Vltava River reached the highest level of flood alert. City officials have closed eight metro stations to save subway from flooding.
The volume of water in the Vltava River is expected to be supplemented by its confluent, the Beruonka River, according to meteorologists.
The Vltava River currently flows through Prague at the volume of 3,000 cubic meters of water per second, while the norm is 149 cubic meters per second and safety barriers along the river were designed to the maximum volume of 3,250 cubic meters per second.
According to latest estimates, six people were killed in the floods, while five more were missing and over 7,000 people were evacuated from the disaster-hit areas.
The famous Prague Zoo evacuated some animals, including gorillas, turtles and tapirs, whose cages could be submerged, the CTK agency said. In August 2002, the zoo was affected by the country’s most disastrous flooding in history, in which many animals were found drowned.