German municipalities in the south and east are bracing for more floods after days of heavy rainfall.

Water levels on the Rhine, Danube and Neckar rivers have risen steadily. At least two people have drowned in Germany in recent days because of the floods.

Meteorologists are predicting further thunderstorms over the weekend.

German news agency dpa reports that authorities in the Bavarian city of Passau are preparing for a surge of water on the Danube Saturday.

Authorities in neighboring Austria and Switzerland are also reinforcing defenses along rivers there.