Storms hit Slovakia

INSURANCE companies estimate damages caused by last week's storms at over Sk105 million (€3.11 million). The storms were the country's most expensive natural disaster since 2004, when a windstorm hit the High Tatras, causing damages of Sk150 million (€4.44 million), the Pravda daily wrote. The windstorm hit Slovakia on June 21, followed by heavy rain on June 22.

"The rain [on June 22] did not cause much new damage, but significantly worsened already existing damage," spokesperson of insurer Česká Poisťovňa - Slovensko, Zuzana Hliváková, told Pravda. Insurance companies had reported almost 2,000 injuries by June 25.

On June 25, a cloudburst and windstorm hit the eastern-Slovak town of Trebišov. Rain water flooded the cellars of many houses and wind blew the sheet-metal roofs off the local culture centre and market. The falling roofs damaged parked cars and the front of a house. Fire fighters reported five other roofs that had been blown off, broken trees and damaged cars.

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