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Flood in Budapest

August 22nd 2006 03:03
Budapest is the capital city of Hungary and is sometimes referred to as "Paris of the East".
Budapest has approximately 1.7 million inhabitants. It became a single city occupying both banks of the river Danube with the amalgamation on 17 November 1873 of right-bank (west) Buda together with Pest on the left (east) bank. Being located on the Danube adds to the cities charm and beauty, also earning it the nicknames "Pearl of the Danube" or "Queen of the Danube".

However, living on the banks of the Danube has its downfalls, including flooding which occurs twice a year on average. In fact 100 people died in the record breaking flood of 2002. In the late 19th century high banks were built along the river to protect the city, but high flood waters can still wreak havoc as you can see below.

These photos are from the most recent flood in March 2006. This flood was also quite severe, with 10,000 people having to be evacuated from their homes. Residents are used to flooding, and continue on with their daily lives as best they can.

Budapest Flood March 2006

Danube Flood, Hungary

Flood in Budapest, Hungary 2006

April 2006 Budapest Flood

*These photos used with permission from DamnFunnyPictures.

**This article is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation Licence. It uses material from the Wikipedia articles Budapest.

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