Floods cause heavy damage in Czech Republic

18:42, May 21, 2010      

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Floods in the Czech Republic this week had caused damage estimated at one billion korunas (48 million U.S. dollars), Czech TV reported on Friday.

According to the Firefighters' Corps General Directorate, the floods, triggered by days of torrential rain, drowned an elderly woman and injured 11 people. Around 1,200 people have been evacuated from their homes and more than 2,100 buildings have been flooded.

The Chamber of Agriculture reported that at least 120 square kilometers of farmland were inundated with crops destroyed.

These numbers are expected to grow. Water levels in affected rivers are receding but danger remains around the lower reaches of the Morava River. Landslides were reported in 20 places, mainly in northern Moravia.

Thanks to the anti-flood measures taken since a similar calamity 13 years ago, damage is much less this time.

But these measures could not be put into effect in all endangered areas. Politicians now demand a new law that would allow for expropriation of land in such cases.

Poland, Slovakia and Hungary have also been hit badly by the floods.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:祁澍文)

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