Czech Republic - Floods (14 Aug 2002)


Southern Bohemia and other areas in the north-west of the Czech Republic have been stricken by major floods on 12 and 13 August. Large cities, towns and villages have been flooded. As of yesterday evening, the level of the Vlatva River was still rising in Prague. Prague authorities ordered the evacuation of an estimated 50,000 people on Monday. The Czech Prime Minister declared a state of emergency in Prague and the regions of Bohemia, cities of Plzen and Karlovy Vary in Zapadocesky region in the west of the country. More than 200,000 people have been evacuated from their houses so far.