Warsaw Flooding claimed a sixth victim in Poland on Wednesday as parts of central Krakow came under water and threatened the nearby Auschwitz—Birkenau Museum.
The body of a 67—year—old man was found on Wednesday near a stream near Bielsko—Biala, in Poland’s Silesia Province.
The Vistula River at Krakow reached a height of 957 centimeters — its highest level in 40 years.
Meanwhile, there were signs that flood waters were receding in Hungary and the Czech Republic. In Brandenburg, a German state close to the flood—hit areas of Poland, officials said they did not expect any increase in the level of the Oder river until Friday.
France and Germany rushed to send high—power pumps to Poland to help the country cope with rising floods, European Union officials said.
Three bridges were closed and parts of Krakow were flooded after flood barriers overflowed during heavy rain from Tuesday night to Wednesday morning. Some 500 people were evacuated.
Water was seen on the floors of some barracks at the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz—Birkenau, TVN 24 reported. The camp closed its doors Monday until further notice and took measures to protect restoration equipment, collections and archives.
In Edeleny, north—east Hungary, the situation remained critical. Thousands of emergency workers and volunteers worked through the night piling up sandbags as a swollen river threatened to inundate the town, which has a population of 10,000.
In the Czech Republic’s north—east, where the floods claimed the life of an elderly woman earlier this week, waters began slowly receding on Wednesday.
Homes in some parts of the afflicted region are now threatened by mudslides resulting from the high waters, officials said. More than 1,000 people remained without electricity in the country’s east, said the main power producer, CEZ.
Early on Wednesday morning, Poland asked the European Union’s executive, the European Commission, to rally support from EU states, asking in particular for high—capacity pumps, commission spokesman Ferran Tarradellas told journalists in Brussels.
France and Germany responded within hours, each offering five pumps, Mr. Tarradellas said. More EU states are expected to provide help over the course of the day, he said.
The largest pump offered is capable of pumping 5,400 cubic metres — the equivalent of almost three Olympic swimming pools — of water per hour, Mr. Tarradellas said.