In pictures: Danube ice chaos

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Rapid thaw causes massive disruption across Europe

Rising temperatures have triggered a sudden and enormous thaw of ice that had formed on the River Danube during recent cold weather. Large chunks of melting ice are now blocking Europe's busiest waterway, causing widespread disruption. In this pictures, a man lifts a block of ice from the giant pile that is floating through Belgrade.

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Damaged vessels

People look at a sunken boat among big chunks of ice on the Danube River in Zemun near Belgrade. Hundreds of small boats and several rafts on the river have been damaged by the ice that has begun melting due to a thaw.

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Scaling the ice

A man climbs on big chunks of melting ice moving on the Danube River in Belgrade. Officials around the region have been trying to determine whether the melting snow and ice will cause heavy flooding, creating more misery in an area that is dealing with a death toll that has risen past 600 and trapped thousands in remote mountain villages behind massive snow banks.

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Clearing up

A Romanian takes apart a chunk of ice on a frozen Danube in Calarasi city, 110km east of Bucharest.

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Wreckage

People try to salvage their boats among big chunks of ice on the Danube River in Zemun near Belgrade. Nikola Marjanovic, a Serbian water supply official, said there is no need for panic but the situation must be carefully monitored. "At this moment we don't know what will happen," he said.

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Floating debris

A man stands on the debris of a marina among big chunks of ice on the Danube River in Zemun near Belgrade. Some 3,300 people remain stranded by deep snow that has hit remote areas of southern Serbia.

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Trapped in the ice

A Serbian police helicopter drops supplies to barges stuck in the frozen Danube river near Smederevo, 40 kilometers east of Belgrade on 13 February. Ice on the Danube near Smederevo had trapped two barges and a ship with 13 sailors on board. A helicopter of the Serbian police air dropped food and drugs to the sailors.