Czech Republic: Floods DREF operation n° MDRCZ002

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165,608 CHF has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Czech Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,400 beneficiaries (850 households). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Heavy rains brought about the rise of water levels in the Labe and Vltava rivers crossing from the south to the north of the Czech Republic. The western regions of the country, called Bohemia, where the capital city of Prague also belongs, are among those heavily affected. The unceasing increase in water levels between 1st June and 7th June 2013 caused the waters to spill out of the river beds in many places and flooded the nearby houses and other buildings and the agricultural lands. It is estimated that more than 430,000 households (approximately 1,300,000 people) have been affected by the floods, with more than 19,000 people having been evacuated. The Czech Government has estimated the value of the material damages of the recent floods at 800 million Euros.

The most affected municipalities in Bohemia (the western areas of the Czech Republic) are the following ones: Prague and its surroundings (Lahovičky, Radotín), Middle Bohemia (Černošice, Dolany; region of Mělník – Mělník, Hořín, Brozánky, Chvatěruby, Lužec nad Vltavou, Dolní Beřkovice, Nová Ves), North-West Bohemia (region of Litoměřice – Litoměřice, Křešice, Terezín, Nové Kopisty, České Kopisty; region of Ústí nad Labem – Ústí nad Labem; region of Děčín – Děčín, Hřensko, Dobkovice, Jiříkov, Malšovice, Choratice, Těchlovice), East Bohemia (region of Trutnov – Dolní Olešnice, Horní Olešnice, Suchovršice, Havlovice, Hostinné, Rudník, Lampertice, Janké Lázně, Horní Maršov, Mostek, Vlčice, Velký Vřešťov), South Bohemia (region of České Budějovice - Bavorov, Vodňany, Hluboká nad Vltavou, Bechyně, Veselí nad Lužnicí, Protivín, Putim).

The Czech Red Cross has identified 3,400 beneficiaries, elderly people and socially handicapped residents, who are in an absolute need of assistance by lending them dryers for their houses after the water has receded and by organizing for them the access to clean water by cleaning and disinfecting their wells, 1,500 in number.

The majority of the 19,000 evacuated people in different parts of the Czech Republic have started returning to their homes as the water levels are receding Most of them were staying with relatives while some others have been put up in collective accommodation facilities such as social centres and schools.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 18th September 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 18th December 2013).