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Germany hopeful flood defenses will hold

Germany hopeful flood defenses will hold

German officials say they are confident reinforced dikes will hold as flooding on the Oder river along the border with Poland approaches its peak.
Flooding from southwestern Poland has been advancing downstream to the border region. Brandenburg state's interior minister, Rainer Speer, said flood defenses _ already reinforced after flooding in 1997 _ had been bolstered by thousands of sandbags.
Speer told ARD television Thursday he expected the water level to remain high for two or three days before falling, and he expected the dikes could handle it.
Poland has seen the worst of flooding in central Europe over the past two weeks, with 15 deaths reported. It now appears to be over the worst, with water levels receding on the Vistula river which runs through Warsaw.


Updated : 2021-05-15 14:32 GMT+08:00