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Danube flood: over the top

Water levels on the Danube peaked in Budapest at 8.91 meters early Monday morning, beating the previous record of 8.60 meters in 2006. Water levels in Budapest started to recede around 4 in the morning on Monday and stood at 8.89 meters at 7. The flood plume is expected to reach Dunaújváros, south of the capital, later in the day on Monday and reach Paks early Tuesday. Flood waters on the Danube have forced the closure of embankment roads in the capital and disrupted some public transport service. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán declared a state of emergency in areas affected by flooding along the Danube last Tuesday. On Sunday, the prime minister said Parliament would vote on Monday to extend the state of emergency. Water levels in Budapest are expected to fall below the 6.50 meters mark, allowing the embankment roads to reopen, on June 17 or 18.