Amid floods hitting numerous areas across Slovakia, a 37-year-old man likely drowned in the swollen Hron River in the village of Hronovce in Nitra Region on June 2, according to reports by the TASR newswire.
Hronovce Mayor Robert Csudai spotted a man riding a bicycle being dragged into the river’s water. He called a crisis-management team based in Levice which instantly called rescue teams, including dog handlers.
“We have a dog that's specially trained for seeking drowned people. We took a boat to reach the place where the mayor spotted the man for the last time,” said Alexander Berek of the rescue team.
“It was night-time and the water was high and muddy. We didn’t find the man and we’ll continue to search for him once the water level drops a bit and gets calmer,” he added. There are other possible casualties as a result of this week’s flooding but nothing was conclusive as of the morning of June 4, officials said.
The area beneath the Devín Castle at the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers in Bratislava is partially flooded, TASR was told by the Slovak Water-Management Company (SVP) on June 3. SVP expects that the water level will continue rising until Saturday. The road to the Bratislava suburb of Devín is open even though the water has risen to the anti-flood embankment. SVP is ready to place mobile barriers under the castle, according to Devín Mayor Ľubica Kolková.
Compiled by Zuzana Vilikovská from press reports
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4. Jun 2010 at 10:00