Flooding Across Central Europe
Heavy rainfall over Europe during the the past week has swollen many rivers past their flood stage, wreaking havoc unseen in decades across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. At least 18 people across the region have been killed, and tens of thousands have been evacuated. In Germany, the crest of the Elbe River is now approaching the North Sea, as the swollen Danube River is surging toward the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Collected here are images from the past several days of those affected by these historic floods, even as meteorologists predict more rain over the coming weekend. [36 photos]
The city hall of Grimma, Germany, surrounded by floodwater, on June 3, 2013.
Aerial view of the Elbe River that has flooded fields next to the city of Elster, Germany, on June 5, 2013.
Night view of the rising Danube River and downtown Passau, Germany, on June 3, 2013
The door of a flooded house in the village of Lounky, Czech Republic, on June 6, 2013
Parked cars by a car dealer in the flooded village of Fischerdorf near Deggendorf, Germany, on June 7, 2013.
A Red Cross member talks to residents from his boat in the flooded center of Passau, Germany, on June 3, 2013.
A statue in the floodwater of the Moson branch of River Danube in Gyor, 120 km west of Budapest, Hungary, on June 6, 2013.
The marketplace is flooded by the Elbe River in the city of Wehlen, Germany, on June 4, 2013.
A cat tries to escape floodwater from the river Vltava in Kly, near Melnik, Czech Republic, on June 4, 2013.
Shipping containers, partly immersed in water at the flooded harbor in Riesa in the federal state of Saxony after the Elbe River broke through its banks, on June 5, 2013. Many more amazing photos! http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2013/06/flooding-across-central-europe/100530/