Image: Prosthetic legs lie on a bed in a hospital that was evacuated in Szikszo
Prosthetic legs lie on a bed in a hospital that was evacuated in Szikszo, Hungary, on Monday due to flash floods caused by heavy rain.
updated 5/17/2010 1:41:15 PM ET 2010-05-17T17:41:15

Heavy rains were causing flooding in the northeastern Czech Republic, southern Poland and Hungary on Monday. At least four people died.

Czech police said a 69-year-old woman drowned in the town of Trinec, 250 miles east of Prague.

In Poland, a man fell into the Koszarawa River late Sunday and drowned, said Jozef Pietraszko, deputy commander of the Zywiec firefighters. The body was found 1 1/2 miles downstream. Polish firefighters also discovered the body of a 60-year-old woman floating in a creek in southern Poland. She had been missing since Sunday.

Officials in Hungary described the situation in the northeastern county of Borsod-Abauj-Zemplen as "catastrophic." One man died Saturday in the flooding and more than 2,000 people have been evacuated or rescued from their homes.

In the town of Szikszo, some 125 miles northeast from the Hungarian capital of Budapest, over 40 patients had to be moved to higher floors after the ground floor of the Ferenc Rakoczi II Hospital was flooded and the building surrounded by water, hospital director Sandor Tiba said.

Despite the problems caused by the flooding of the nearby Vadasz stream, the hospital remained open.

The main roads to Szikszo were also under water, as were many other roads in the area.

Authorities did evacuate patients from a hospital in the Czech town of Bohumin, where several neighborhoods submerged in water.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the Czech Republic while thousands are without electricity.

Some 400 people have been evacuated from their homes south of Krakow and Katowice in Poland.

A number of Czech roads and railway lines were closed as rivers burst their banks on Monday.

Authorities warned that the rain would continue in all three countries, and Polish firefighters prepared to evacuate another 1,500 people.

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