Hungarians Unite to Prepare for Worst Flood Ever in Budapest

Hungarians unite as ‘worst-ever’ floods threaten Budapest

Hungarians are setting aside their differences in a race against time to defend their historic capital Budapest and other areas from what the prime minister predicted will be the “worst floods of all time”.

As water levels broke records in the west ahead of an expected peak on Monday, thousands of volunteers joined soldiers and emergency workers — often crossing traditional social boundaries to make some unlikely alliances — to roll up their sleeves and don rubber boots.

Budapest prepares for floods as Danube waters rise 

The crest of the flood-swollen Danube River surged toward the Hungarian capital of Budapest on Friday, while communities along the Elbe in Germany braced for high water as the river churned toward the North Sea.

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Elsewhere in central Europe, communities were beginning to count the cost of devastating floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic.

Hungarian Jewish group sends volunteers to prepare for floods 

Dozens of volunteers from Hungarian Jewish communities arrived in Budapest to help prepare for floods in and around the city.

A delegation of about 50 people from the Federation of Jewish Communities in Hungary, or Mazsihisz, participated in preparation work Thursday along the banks of the Danube River outside Budapest, according to Gyorgy Gador, a spokesperson for Mazsihisz.


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