Spectator on facebook

Spectator on facebook

Soldiers and Red Cross help flood-stricken areas near Bardejov

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.

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.

Top stories

Slovak Christmas - traditional and new Photo

A chain around the table legs and waiting for a golden pig. Some old Christmas traditions survive to this day and others have disappeared.

Culture minister resigns from post as deputy chair of Smer

His replacement is expected to be elected at the December party congress.

Culture Minister Marek Maďarič

Peace, joy and good cheer pack a punch in the streets of Bratislava and its regions. Wassail! Photo

As well as the city centre, individual boroughs are hosting Christmas markets this year; the nearby Schloss Hof is offering a Christmas programme too.

Christmas atmosphere on Hviezdoslavovo square

Sledging run opens in the High Tatras Photo

The sledge track will be 2.5 kilometres long, all the way from Hrebienok to Starý Smokovec.

Hrebienok-Starý Smokovec sledge ride