Floods in Central Europe

News and Press Release
Originally published
Following heavy rainfall during the last two months, large areas of Slovenia, the north-western part of Romania and the north-eastern region of Hungary are devastated by extensive flooding. The floods affected the central, western and eastern areas of Slovenia, cutting roads, electricity and telephone-ines, and polluting drinking water. Landslides added to the disaster, leaving thousands in their homes without basic necessities. In north-eastern Hungary, the highest level of flood alert was declared. The Red Cross of Slovenia has been distributing emergency food parcels, hygiene items, warm clothing, shoes, blankets and bedding to the affected communities. A national appeal was launched and some 50,000 Swiss francs were released by the National Society for emergency support to the victims. The Hungarian Red Cross is targeting its assistance to those communities involved in working on the dam preparations, and seeks to provide food assistance to school and kindergarten children in disaster affected villages. The Romanian Red Cross is distributing blankets, warm clothing, food items and bedlinen to those affected by the floods. The Federation regional delegation in Budapest provided 12,000 Swiss francs to the Hungarian and 7,000 Swiss francs to the Slovenian Red Cross to support their relief operations.