Damage caused by torrential rains this week in the Tatra National Park (TANAP) and the National Park of Pieniny (PIENAP) has been estimated to reach more than Sk14 million (€464,714), deputy director of TANAP's State Forests Marián Šturcel said on July 24. The water has damaged the forest transport network, several sections of tourist paths, many bridges and several buildings. The hardest-hit areas include Ždiar, Podspády, Tatranská Javorina, Zamagurie area (all Prešov region), and Habovka (Žilina region). According to TANAP's State Forests, the problems have been worsened because of the forests' inability to absorb rainfall because of an earlier infestation of bark beetles.
"Immediately after the disastrous storm that hit TANAP in November 2004, we warned of three problems that could emerge in and around the damaged area of the national park: an outbreak of insects, forest fires, and floods. Unfortunately, all our worst fears are coming true," said Šturcel.
25. Jul 2008 at 13:00