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Austria closes Danube to shipping in reaction to flooding

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The whole course of the Danube in Austria has actually been closed to shipping due to flooding triggered by heavy rains in the nation, and in neighbouring southern Germany.

The state waterway business, by means of donau, revealed the closure on Tuesday. “Security cannot be ensured above a particular water level,” Christoph Caspar, spokesperson for by means of donau, informed dpa. The length of time the step will stay in force depends upon more rains and the water levels in the Danube’s tributaries.

The Danube streams over 350 kilometres through Austria, from the Bavarian border city of Passau to the Slovakian capital Bratislava, likewise on the border.

The closure required some cruise liner to dock in Linz, where the Danube burst its count on Tuesday. Some roadways were likewise closed. In Schärding, which rests on the river Inn, a tributary of the Danube, defences were increased to avoid significant flooding.

As water levels on the Bavarian Danube throughout the border in Germany continued to increase, small boosts were likewise tape-recorded on the Upper Austrian Danube, the Hydrographic Service of Upper Austria reported on Tuesday afternoon. In general, nevertheless, the specialists anticipated the circumstance to alleviate quickly.

Firefighters on duty for flood prevention operations following heavy rains that caused flooding in various regions. Fotokerschi.At/Taras Panchuk/APA/dpa

Firemens on responsibility for flood avoidance operations following heavy rains that triggered flooding in different areas. Fotokerschi.At/Taras Panchuk/APA/dpa

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