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Race to save Budapest metro

WORKERS IN the Hungarian capital Budapest raced to surround ventilation shafts for the city's metro, to stop it from flooding this week.

The threat of major city centre flooding had subsided on Tuesday after concrete flood walls successfully kept the Danube out.

Sandbagging was needed on staircases along the flood walls to keep out water as it rose by 8.6m, threatening to engulf the city's historic Chain Bridge.

'There's no damage as far as we know to the bridge, ' said Louis Beger engineer Michael Apted.

The worst flooding has occurred in villages outside the capital, some of which have seen road closures, he added.

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