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Floods in western Slovakia

MELTING snow has caused flooding in several places in Slovakia. The greatest problems are in Cífer in Trnava region, although high water is also endangering houses in Senec, Budmerice, Jablonec, and Zvončín pri Trnave in western Slovakia, and Družstevná pri Hornáde in eastern Slovakia.

On March 11, water flooded several streets in Cífer, causing Mayor Tibor Čepec to announce a third degree flood emergency, the Pravda daily wrote.

According to Jana Čerbová from the Slovak Meteorological Institute, the temperature in western Slovakia reached 5 to 9 degrees Celsius last weekend, although in the coming days it will not surpass 5 degrees. Meteorologists expect higher temperatures of 7 degrees in the second half of this week.

"The floods were not caused by warming but by the fact the water had nowhere to go," Čerbová said.

Compiled by Marta Ďurianová from press reports
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