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19 Sep 2000 description

By David Greedy, Special to The Christian Science Monitor

The Tisza River has been called the "heart and soul" of Hungary. Petofi Sándor, the country's most-beloved poet and author of the national anthem, spent years drawing inspiration from its beauty and wildlife.

But following a series of disasters, there were dire predictions for the Tisza.

26 Apr 2000 description

Prime Minister on Hungarian Radio (26.04.2000)

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said the government would not categorically reject any claim related to flood damage. In a weekly interview on Hungarian public radio on 26th of April, Orban made it clear that he would try to block local governments from issuing building permits in flood plains, and would try to see to it that a National Lands Foundation being set up stops the cultivation of farmlands that are frequently flooded.

19 Apr 2000 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2000/ 0082
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Hungary - Floods

19 Apr 2000 description

Budapest (dpa) - Around 500 people were evacuated Wednesday from three flooded regions in Hungary as the Tisza River reached a record level of 10.42 metres in the Szolnok area, reports said.

Another 3,700 inhabitants from the towns of Tiszayeno, Tiszamarkony and Vezseny refused to leave their homes, according to the reports.

The Tisza river was 67 centimetres above the record level recorded last year, according to the authorities.