the deluge

the deluge

Germany: Dresden's precautions help avoid past errors

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W/S River Elbe W/S River Elbe C/U Bridge river Elbe with signs of high water M/S Sandbags W/S Semper Opera House W/S Dresden Zwinger W/S Semper Opera house threatened by floods W/S Semper Opera House being secured W/S Sandbags outside the Zwinger W/S Sandbags outside the Zwinger W/S Zwinger W/S Semper Opera House being secured W/S Semper Opera House being secured W/S Street closed to traffic W/S Building with sandbag protection W/S Building with sandbag protection C/U Building with barrier protection W/S Building with barrier protection W/S Building being secured W/S Barrier measures against the floods W/S Sandbags W/S Sandbags M/S Sandbags SCRIPT Germany: Dresden's precautions help avoid past errors The river Elbe, following central Europe's torrential rain, has burst its banks by seven metres and flooded large parts of Dresden. Tens of thousands have been evacuated from their homes and but the city's defences have proved to be far more successful than they were in 2002, when much of the city's heritage faced risk and the Semper Opera House was damaged. The deluge in Central Europe has led to a colossal amount of damage across a number of countries, but Dresden's historic centre has remained unscathed. The Zwinger gallery in preparation for the worst moved its world-famous art in a bid to protect it, having suffered significant damages in 2002. The gallery has been fortified and protected with mobile barricades and sandbags. The efficacy of the flood defences is illustrated by the fact that violinist David Garrett's concert at Theaterplatz will take place on Saturday afternoon, as planned, after fears it would need to be postponed. Central Europe has experienced the worst floods in nearly 60 years, which have affected Czech Republic, Germany, Austria, Hungary and Slovakia. In some German cities like Passau, the streets turned into rivers. 13 people have been reported dead across Europe and the damages could approach €12 billion ($15.9 billion). 4,000 soldiers were deployed around Germany to help build defences and coordinate the evacuations. Merkel has pledged to give €100 million ($131 million) in federal emergency aid to the affected areas.