05/21/2010 04:43 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Poland Flooding: 9 Dead As Warsaw Officials Continue To Fight Flood (PHOTOS)

Flooding in Poland continues to be an issue, just three days after thousands were forced to evacuate their homes and the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site was shut down to protect its artifacts.

More from the Associated Press:

WARSAW, Poland - Authorities say flooding in Poland has killed nine people this week. Residents and officials in Warsaw are working to strengthen the capital's flood defenses. National police spokesman Mariusz Sokolowski said Friday the victims drowned in flooding that submerged some farms and residential areas in southern Poland following heavy rains.

Prime Minister Donald Tusk said the high water levels were receding slowly. Further north, in Warsaw, water levels on the Vistula river were expected to peak Friday. Residents of the capital were working with thousands of firefighters and police officers to strengthen dikes on the river with sandbags to protect areas that could be at risk - including the zoo.

The Warsaw Business Journal adds that the flooding has impacted the construction industry in southern Poland, forcing delays and other issues.

See photos of the Poland flooding below:

Poland Flooding Photos