Monday, June 3, 2013

Two missing in Austria as heavy rains force evacuations

Two people were missing in Austria on Sunday following landslides triggered by heavy rains that have forced the evacuation of at least 200 people from their homes, local authorities said.

Many roads were closed, particularly in the west and north of the country, and several rail services were disrupted after days of pelting rain that has left many parts of the country under flood alert.

Hundreds of fire fighters and emergency services, as well as the Austrian army, have been mobilized to help clear roads, assist with evacuations and put up anti-flood barriers.