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Jens Wolf

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Heavy rainfall over Europe during the the past week has swollen many rivers past their flood stage, wreaking havoc unseen in decades across Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. At least 18 people across the region have been killed, and tens of thousands have been evacuated. In Germany, the crest of the Elbe River is now approaching the North Sea, as the swollen Danube River is surging toward the Hungarian capital of Budapest. Collected here are images from the past several days of those affected by these historic floods, even as meteorologists predict more rain over the coming weekend. [36 photos]

The city hall of Grimma, Germany, surrounded by floodwater, on June 3, 2013. Flooding has spread across a large area of central Europe following heavy rainfall in recent days. Eastern and southern Germany are suffering under floods that in some cases are the worst in 400 years. Tens of thousands of Germans, Hungarians and Czechs were evacuated from their homes as soldiers raced to pile up sandbags to hold back rising waters in the region. (AP Photo/dpa, Jens Wolf)     

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RUNNING OF THE BUFFALOS: Residents in Kandal Province, Cambodia, some 25 miles northeast of Phnom Penh, held a water buffalo race Tuesday to mark the end of a traditional celebration known as the Festival for the Dead. (Heng Sinith/Associated Press)

SUBWAY CRASH: Rescuers evacuated passengers after a subway collision in Shanghai. The wreck injured around 260 people and fueled fresh safety fears about a boom in railway construction, just over two months after a deadly high-speed rail crash. (Agence France Press/Getty Images)

BACK TO SCHOOL: People attend a philosophy lecture on the topic ‘Why do we age?’ at the Otto-von-Guericke-University in Magdeburg, Germany, Tuesday. The lecture marked the semester start of a university program catered to older adults. (Jens Wolf/DPA via Zuma Press)

GREECE SQUEEZES: An employee of the Finance Ministry scuffled with riot police during a protest in Athens Tuesday. Public protests continued in Greece as the Parliament approved a deeply unpopular new property tax. (John Kolesidis/Reuters)

RUGBY TUESDAY: Youth played rugby on a beach in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday. (Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images)

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