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Europe travel chaos as Eurostar services canceled due to flooding

Travelers have been stranded in Paris and London due to train cancellations as swathes of Europe are hit with flood warnings.

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Eurostar services to and from London were canceled on Saturday after a tunnel under the River Thames was flooded due to heavy rain.

Festive travel plans have been disrupted during what is one of the busiest times of the year.

Hundreds of travelers trying to cross the Channel found themselves stranded at St. Pancras International Station in London and Gare du Nord in Paris.

Eurostar, which runs services from London to Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam, said it would not serve high-speed trains on Saturday due to flooding.

The UK has been hit by strong gusty winds and heavy rain brought by Storm Gerrit throughout the festive period.

Further travel disruptions are expected over the last weekend of the year.

Britain’s meteorologist, the Met Office, said more strong winds and rain were expected to hit London and southern England on Saturday.

Gusts of up to 80 km/h are expected to hit the country, with the strongest winds likely near coastal areas.

Elsewhere in Europe, we are preparing for floods

In Germany, heavy rains are expected to continue, while the country is already affected by flooding.

Much of Germany has been hit by heavy rain since Christmas Day. Some rivers have burst their banks – and others are at risk of doing so.

Germany’s weather service DWD said around 40mm of rain could fall within 24 hours, particularly in the Harz Mountains in central Germany, as well as several areas in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia. -Westphalia.

Meanwhile, countries in the north and east of the continent received severe weather warnings.

In the Netherlands, Hungary and Lithuania, the daily lives of residents have been affected.

Flood barriers have been erected in many places along the Dutch Ijssel River and the Danube that runs through Budapest, the Hungarian capital, is at its highest level in a decade.

In Lithuania, floodwaters in the west are also expected to reach worrying levels, according to local meteorologists.

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