Hungary: Hailstorm and heavy rain Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) MDRHU006


A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 21 June 2017, hailstorm and heavy rains hit several parts of Hungary. The village of Megyaszó in Borsod-AbaújZemplén County and villages scattered around the county capital Kecskemét in Bács-Kiskun County were particularly affected, with roofs, windows and vegetable gardens destroyed or greatly damaged. The heavy rain entering the houses also led to the destruction of food and home materials and appliances as well as the soaking of walls inside.

In Megyaszó, the hailstorm and heavy rains have damaged 183 houses, with 25 of them having become statically unstable and uninhabitable. A total of 96 people has been evacuated, including 53 children and accommodated with relatives. There was also temporary power outage in 3,500 households in the wider region.

In Bács-Kiskun County, some 50 houses, including a kindergarten as well as farmsteads around the county capital Kecskemét have suffered serious damages affecting 225 people.

In sum, a total of 233 houses have suffered serious damages as a result of the heavy hailstorm and rainfall.

According to the weather forecast of the Hungarian Meteorological Service for the coming ten days, continued hot weather can be expected with additional storms and rains occurring and putting these and other houses in these geographic locations at risk.