Published on Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Prague mayor urges tourists to stay away from city

The mayor of Prague is urging tourists to stay away from the city until the state of emergency imposed due to severe flooding in the Czech capital is lifted.

Travel around the city centre is difficult as the Prague metro service is expected to remain closed for several days, there is disruption to several tram services (although bus services have been increased) and the Petrin funicular service is unavailable.

For detailed information see the website of the Prague Local Transport Company (in English.)

There is disruption to train services including on the main line from Prague to Dresden, Germany. Traffic on a number of local roads across the country has been suspended.

In the flooded areas there is a higher risk of water-borne diseases, including hepatitis A, salmonella, tularaemia, and dysentery, said the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Officials are hoping that flood defences and banks of sandbags erected after flooding in 2002 will prevent major damage, but at risk is the 14th Century Charles Bridge, now closed, and other historic buildings close to the river bank.

River cruise operators have cancelled cruises in affected areas.

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