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Merkel visita Magdeburgo, devastada pelas cheias

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Merkel visita Magdeburgo, devastada pelas cheias

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Em Magdeburgo, no nordeste da Alemanha, os habitantes respiram de alívio.

O pior das cheias já passou e o nível das águas do Elba começou a baixar.

O fim de semana foi um pesadelo para esta cidade histórica.

O nível do rio atingiu os 7,48 metros e mais de 23.000 habitantes da cidade tiveram de ser deslocados.

O rebentamento de um dique agravou a situação.

A chanceler Angela Merkel visitou a região afetada e deu os parabéns à população pela forma como está a enfrentar a catástrofe: “O trabalho das pessoas, quer voluntárias, quer profissionais, está a ser impressionante. O governo federal escolheu a via da ajuda imediata, sem burocracias. É a primeira coisa que podemos fazer. Estamos conscientes de que os estragos vão custar vários milhares de milhões de euros”, disse Merkel.

  • A broken dam built to contain the swollen Elbe river during floods is pictured in front of the village of Fischbeck in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

  • A helicopter of the German armed forces Bundeswehr drops sandbags next to a broken dam built to contain the swollen Elbe river during floods near the village of Fischbeck, in the federal state of Saxony Anhalt, June 10, 2013. REUTERS/Tobias Schwarz

  • A partially submerged billboard on a tramstop is seen on the flooded embankments of the Danube River in Budapest June 10, 2013. The Hungarian capital escaped damage from the swollen river Danube, which peaked at record high levels in Budapest overnight and started receding slowly on Monday morning. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

  • A thin film of mud covers a BMW convertible after the floods of the nearby Danube river subsided at a car dealership in Fischerdorf, a suburb of the eastern Bavarian city of Deggendorf June 10, 2013. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and there have been at least a dozen deaths as a result of floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic over the past week. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

  • A wooden pallet and burning wood got stuck between two cars after the floods of the nearby Danube river subsided at a car dealership in Fischerdorf, a suburb of the eastern Bavarian city of Deggendorf June 10, 2013. Tens of thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes and there have been at least a dozen deaths as a result of floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic over the past week. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

  • A ticket booth for cruise ships is seen submerged in water along the banks of the flooding Danube River in Budapest June 10, 2013. The Hungarian capital escaped damage from the swollen river Danube, which peaked at record high levels in Budapest overnight and started receding slowly on Monday morning. REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh

  • Houses are pictured surrounded by floodwaters from the Danube river in Szentendre, 20km (12.4 miles) north of Budapest, June 10, 2013. The Hungarian capital escaped damage from the swollen river Danube, which peaked at record high levels in Budapest overnight and started receding slowly on Monday morning. REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

Também a Polónia está a viver as piores cheias dos últimos tempos.

As chuvas torrenciais de domingo quase paralisaram a capital, Varsóvia. Durante três horas, a cidade teve níveis de precipitação praticamente inéditos. Uma das ruas principais ficou intransitável em certas zonas, onde o nível das águas atingiu os dois metros.