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Conditions worsened in flooded areas as the waters rose "dramatically on June 2," reports Austrian daily Der Standard.

In Salzburg, in the Tyrol and in the Vorarlberg region, in the west of the country, entire communities are underwater. A man was killed in a mudslide and two women are missing.

Experts are forecasting record-high water levels, beyond those set in the 2002 "flood of the century," says the paper. Southern Germany and the Czech Republic are also affected by the flooding