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Barges sunk, pushed into place in effort to shore up dyke in Germany

Smoke rises in the air after blasts that sunk two ships to close the gap in a broken dyke in Fischbeck, Germany on June 15. Germany's 16 state premiers agreed with federal officials on an $10.6 billion funding target for aid to repair buildings and farmland devastated this month by floods.
Smoke rises in the air after blasts that sunk two ships to close the gap in a broken dyke in Fischbeck, Germany on June 15. Germany's 16 state premiers agreed with federal officials on an $10.6 billion funding target for aid to repair buildings and farmland devastated this month by floods.Thoms Butzek / EPA
A third barge is pushed to a broken dyke in Fischbeck, Germany, on June 16, after two barges were countersunk with the intent to close a leak in the dyke.
A third barge is pushed to a broken dyke in Fischbeck, Germany, on June 16, after two barges were countersunk with the intent to close a leak in the dyke.Jens Wolf / AFP - Getty Images

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Smoke rises in the air after blasts that sunk two ships to close the gap in a broken dyke in Fischbeck, Germany on June 15. Germany's 16 state premiers agreed with federal officials on an $10.6 billion funding target for aid to repair buildings and farmland devastated this month by floods.
Smoke rises in the air after blasts that sunk two ships to close the gap in a broken dyke in Fischbeck, Germany on June 15. Germany's 16 state premiers agreed with federal officials on an $10.6 billion funding target for aid to repair buildings and farmland devastated this month by floods.Thoms Butzek / EPA
An aerial view shows the flooded area around Fischbeck, Germany, at the Elbe River, June 15.
An aerial view shows the flooded area around Fischbeck, Germany, at the Elbe River, June 15.Bundeswehr / AP