June 9 - Aerial video shows the scale of the deluge that is wreaking havoc with the river Danube expected to peak in the Hungarian capital. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: The river Danube will peak at record high levels in Budapest on Sunday and dikes have been strengthened at critical points to protect the capital from flooding, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said. Tens of thousands have been forced to leave their homes and at least a dozen people have been killed in floods that have hit Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic over the last week. The deluge reached Hungary on Friday but so far authorities, soldiers and thousands of volunteers have managed to defend the villages and towns along the river, piling hundreds of thousands of sandbags beside its dikes. The Danube is expected to peak at 8.95 meters (30 feet) in Budapest on Sunday evening, above the 8.6-meter record in 2006 floods. At least 1,200 people from 28 towns and villages have been forced to leave their homes in Hungary and 44 roads have been closed, national news agency MTI reported. Aerial video shot between Komarno and Budapest showed the countryside largely submerged under floodwater, with houses half visible under several feet of water. Budapest's hilly Buda area, with its castle and monuments, and flat urban Pest are separated by the Danube, Europe's main waterway, which snakes through the center of the city and thrusts south through the Balkans to the Black Sea.