Danube level breaks new record, continues rising

The level of the River Danube in Bratislava broke a new record on the afternoon of June 5, but was still rising this morning, June 6. The Sme daily wrote on its website that at 7:15 on June 6 the level stood at 1,020 centimetres (401.5 inches) and was rising – thus exceeding the previous peak of 991 centimetres (390.1 inches) set on 16 August 2002.

The level of the River Danube in Bratislava broke a new record on the afternoon of June 5, but was still rising this morning, June 6. The Sme daily wrote on its website that at 7:15 on June 6 the level stood at 1,020 centimetres (401.5 inches) and was rising – thus exceeding the previous peak of 991 centimetres (390.1 inches) set on 16 August 2002.

Prime Minister Robert Fico said, according to the TASR newswire, that the Bratislava borough of Devín, where the Danube and Morava Rivers meet, was ready for a ‘hundred-year flood', while the city centre stands ready to handle a 'thousand-year flood'. He added that the surge expected to reach Bratislava on June 6 would surpass the one seen during floods in 2002. "We're all confident that no surprising circumstances will occur, and that all estimates that we're receiving will prove true and we'll handle the situation," said the premier, cautioning that this would be accomplished by "a hair's breadth".

The Danube is expected to peak on Thursday at around noon, head of Bratislava mayor's office Ľubomír Andrassy told the SITA newswire. The level could reach 1,025 centimetres (403.5 inches). The city is increasing the number of mobile barriers on the Old Town side of the river. The Petržalka side should be protected as things already stand, Andrassy said

Meanwhile, a body found in the river at Gabčíkovo is not a death as a result of the floods, SITA wrote. It has spent several weeks in the water, and due to its condition it is not clear yet whether the victim is a male or a female, Trnava regional police spokesperson Martina Kredatusová informed SITA. The body was retrieved at 21:00 on Wednesday.

Sources: Sme, TASR, SITA

Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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