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Flooding kills man and destroys homes

FLOODING in many regions of Slovakia was at a critical stage on June 3 after heavy rains fell across much of the country. Torrential rains have flooded towns and villages in south-eastern and eastern Slovakia and forced hundreds of people from their homes.

FLOODING in many regions of Slovakia was at a critical stage on June 3 after heavy rains fell across much of the country. Torrential rains have flooded towns and villages in south-eastern and eastern Slovakia and forced hundreds of people from their homes.



Prime Minister Robert Fico cancelled the government’s regular weekly cabinet session and visited the affected municipalities. He promised that the government would financially assist people affected by the flooding though he said it cannot be managed before the June 12 parliamentary election, the Sme daily reported. The government also plans to request help from the EU Solidarity Fund.

A 38-year-old man died in a creek in Vyšná Šebestová and more than 700 people were evacuated from Roma settlements in Jarovnice and Svinia, villages that face flood risks each year. People had to escape before flash flood waters reached the village of Hul near Sučany, where two waterlogged houses also collapsed.

On June 3, a level-three flood alert remained valid in many areas, including the districts of Piešťany, Nové Mesto nad Váhom, Trenčín, Žilina, Martin, Turčianske Teplice, Ružomberok and Liptovský Mikuláš on the Váh River. The Kysuce region was also threatened. Along rivers in the areas of Bratislava, Banská Bystrica and Poprad and around the Bodrog River, a level-three flood alert was announced.


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