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Central Europe: EU assistance over after six-week long intervention in face of floods

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Slovakia, Hungary, Romania and Bulgaria have closed the request for assistance to deal with the consequences of severe floods, which they had lodged in April through the European Commission's EU mechanism for civil protection. The Commission's disaster Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) monitored the situation and was in constant dialogue with the countries at risk, facilitated and co-ordinated the provision of assistance, provided detailed satellite images and a continuous information flow on the emergency among the 30 countries taking part in the Mechanism. Specialised pumping teams and their equipment, waterproof gear, vaccines, medicines, around a million sandbags and other types of assistance were sent by a number of European countries, including Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and Romania. These floods displaced over 20,000 persons and flooded over 150,000 hectares of land, damaging households, crops, pasture, roads and public buildings alike.