Homes have been evacuated across southern Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Switzerland as rivers reach dangerously high levels.[BBC] The Czech capital Prague is on high alert as authorities fear a repeat of the catastrophic floods of August 2002.
The River Vltava has inundated towns and villages upstream of the capital, and one person is known to have died.
The German cities of Passau and Rosenheim have declared a state of emergency.
Authorities in Passau, which lies at the confluence of three rivers in Bavaria, say they expect the Danube to reach 10.5m by Sunday evening and have requested help from the German army.
The BBC's correspondent in Prague says firemen have been putting up metal flood barriers and volunteers filling sandbags as the Czech capital prepares for a swell of floodwater.
Prime Minister Petr Necas has called a special cabinet session to co-ordinate the emergency response. Read More