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A man looks for the road through the floodwater.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK MICA / AFP / Getty Images

A traffic sign almost disappears on a street flooded by the river Elbe. German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged 100 million euros in emergency aid for flood-ravaged areas as surging waters have claimed at least 11 lives and forced tens of thousands of evacuations across central Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

A man in a boat makes his way past his house on the floodwater of the river Danube. Hungary is preparing for the worst flooding in 50 years as heavy rainfall continued to spread havoc across central Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ATTILA KISBENEDEK / AFP

The river Elbe flooded the streets near the German-Czech border.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Markus Schreiber / Associated Press

A resident stands in front of a boat in an area flooded by river Saale.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Jens Meyer / Associated Press

Houses are partially submerged after a dam burst on the Danube river.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARMIN WEIGEL / EPA

Firefighters and volunteers clean up a house near the river Luznice after it was hit by floods.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK MICA / AFP / Getty Images

A cow stands on a meadow, which is hidden by floodwater from the Rhine river.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Federico Gambarini / Associated Press

A boy stands in the flooded city of Wehlen, in eastern Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

Only the upper half of a a traffic light is visible because of flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: ARNO BURGI / AFP / Getty Images

In an emergency, a canoe becomes basic transportation.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP / Getty Images

Sandbags protect a restaurant in eastern Germany.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL KAPPELER / AFP / Getty Images

A women crosses a makeshift bridge over flooded streets.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: DIETER NAGL / AFP / Getty Images

The cleanup is underway in the Arnhold household.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HENDRIK†SCHMIDT / EPA

An aerial view shows the center of Meissen completely flooded along the Elbe River.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: MICHAEL†KAPPELER / EPA

German soldiers paddle through the flooded city.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: KARL-JOSEF HILDENBRAND / EPA

The village of Kresice, along the Elbe River 39 miles northwest of Prague, shows widespread flooding.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK PETRASEK / CTK

Floods have killed at least 10 people across Europe.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: RADEK MICA / AFP / Getty Images

People walk along a flooded street.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: HERBERT P. OCZERET / EPA

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Floods sweep through central Europe

Germany dispatched thousands of soldiers Tuesday to help cities and towns cope with flooding from the rain-soaked Danube and other southern rivers, reinforcements that came a day after the Bavarian city of Passau saw its worst flooding since 1501.

The death toll rose to at least 10, including seven in the neighboring Czech Republic. Nine people have been reported missing in the floods that have also swept through Austria and Switzerland.

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