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PM calls emergency alert on flood situation

Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány issued an emergency alert on the flood situation in central and southeast Hungary from 1 p.m. on Friday, the government spokesman’s office said in a statement.

The emergency alert is in force along the rivers Tisza between Kisköre and the border, the entire length of the Maros, the Körös from Mezőtúr to the river's confluence with the Tisza and on the Zagyva at its confluence with the Tisza.
The cresting of the Tisza at Szolnok is expected to last four or five days, László Varga, spokesman of the environmental and water management directorate, said. The water level peaked at 958cms on Friday morning and is expected to crest at around 975cms on Monday, Varga said. The emergency flood call will allow mayors and heads of county governments to make certain decisions in their own right and may include evacuations, prohibitions for residents to enter endangered areas, transport restrictions, protection of the civil defense services, call for the removal of animals or farm stock, and protection of uninhabited buildings.