Austrians, Czechs see more rain, flooding

Czech Republic Floods
Residents keep an eye on the flooding Blanice River in Husinec, Czech Republic, Sunday. Petr David Josek / AP
/ Source: The Associated Press

Showers and thunderstorms are continuing to cause flooding in parts of Austria and the Czech Republic.

Persistent rain over the past week has forced rivers and streams over their banks, soaking the soil and leading to widespread damage in northern, central and eastern parts of the country.

The situation was particularly tense Monday in Austria's southeastern district of Feldbach in Styria province where landslides have led to evacuations.

The weather has also claimed its first victim in Austria: a 16-year-old boy died over the weekend when he slipped and was sucked into a drain.

Meteorologists predict more rain for the days to come.

Heavy rains are also flooding southern parts of the Czech Republic, with mudslides damaging houses and roads in the region.

Rivers have been swelling in rural areas some 60 miles south of Prague, the capital, Sunday but no casualties had been reported. Army troops and firefighters are helping to restore roads in the region and authorities in Prague on Sunday afternoon were shoring up the banks of the Vltava river which caused severe damage to the historic city in 2002.

Flash floods hit the region of northern Moravia earlier in the week, killing a total of 13 people.