Prime Minister Robert Fico and Interior Minister Robert Kaliňák visited flooded villages near the town of Bardejov (Prešov region) over night and Defence Ministry spokesman Vladimír Gemela told the TASR on July 24 that fifty soldiers and three bulldozers are heading for the area. Gemela added that up to 3,000 soldiers and nine helicopters are on hand if needed to combat the effects of the swollen rivers. Earlier in the day, a military helicopter brought foodstuffs and medicines to the village of Livov in the Bardejov district. Army equipment is already being used in the villages of Livovská Huta, Kruzlov and Čirč, where floods claimed the lives of two people on Wednesday.
Apparently the flood levels are subsiding. According to Vladimír Dvorový, the director of Slovak Water Management (SVP) in Kosice, the flood reached its zenith at around midnight on Wednesday, July 23, and has dropped by around 20 centimetres since then.
The Slovak Red Cross (SČK) said on July 25 it has provided pumps, clothes and drinking water to flood-hit districts of Prešov, Bardejov and Stará Ľubovňa in eastern Slovakia. People in flooded areas in Prešov and Košice regions need drinking water, sanitary supplies and food. SČK is appealing to the public to help provide the required articles. In other districts of Spišská Nová Ves and Gelnica the rain has stopped, river and creek levels are no longer rising but floods have damaged dozens of homes. The greatest road damage is to the road to the village of Hnilčík. Traffic on this road is currently limited to passenger cars.
According to Viliam Štubňa, of the District Office in Spišská Nová Ves there are still many problems. "Road stretches in Krompachy and Slovinky remain in bad condition,” said Štubňa. “Eight people in Nálepkovo were evacuated and the situation is serious in Perlová Dolina in the district of Gelnica, where several houses and lodges were flooded out and the locality is virtually unreachable." Štubňa added that the hardest-hit villages appear to be Mlynky in Havrania Dolina and Biele Vody.
25. Jul 2008 at 13:00