A state of emergency due to flooding was declared in the district of Košice-okolie (environs) on the night of Tuesday, June 1, Oľga Kormošová of the local council’s crisis management team told the TASR newswire.
"Second- and third-degree flood alerts have been declared on all bodies of water in the district. The Svinka, Čečanka and Olšava rivers and streams have overflowed their banks, and a critical situation has also arisen on the Torysa River, which hasn't yet reached its peak level in Prešov district," said Kormošová. According to her, the Ružín reservoir is also causing concern.
Elsewhere in Slovakia, approximately 30 houses were inundated with water in the town of Rajecké Teplice (Žilina Region) on June 2. The Rajčianka River flooded houses, yards and cellars along Osloboditeľov Street, with a critical situation on several other roads in the town. Some 180 soldiers have been deployed to flood-hit areas of the country, with another 3,000 servicemen with 1,000 pieces of equipment and vehicles on standby, Slovak Armed Forces spokesman Milan Vanga said on June 2.
Vanga also said that 62 soldiers along with equipment and a medical vehicle have been deployed to Zemplínske Hradište (Košice Region), 21 to Ipeľský Sokolec (Nitra Region), and 53 to Kmeťov (Nitra Region). In addition, a helicopter overflew Trebišov district (Košice Region) to view the floods, after which another 43 soldiers were deployed to the area. The army has declared a second-degree alert (on a scale of 0-5), indicating a possible threat to life, health, property and the environment.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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3. Jun 2010 at 10:00