By Denis McClean
GENEVA, 27 February, 2017 - The Czech Republic has fully embraced the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction following a decade or more during which public awareness of disaster risk has grown considerably.
PRAGUE, 3 February 2016 – The leadership of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly’s Committee on Democracy, Human Rights and Humanitarian Questions visited the Czech Republic on 1 and 2 February to consider the country’s role in responding to the crisis of migrants and refugees currently affecting the OSCE area.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs closely follows comments voiced by foreign partners including the United Nations, the Council of Europe or NGOs regarding the situation in the Czech Republic. At the same time, the Czech Foreign Minister is ready to establish an open dialogue on the issue.
GENEVA (22 October 2015) – UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Thursday strongly criticized the detention of migrants and refugees who have arrived in the Czech Republic since August 2015, drawing particular attention to the violations of the rights of the children among them.
During the last 20 years, the Czech Republic has been struck by extreme floods of great extent, numerous flash floods of local importance and uncommon natural disasters such as tornado in 2013.
Global climate change may contribute to more extreme weather events like these and communities need to be ready.
Dolni Berkovice, a village with 1.500 inhabitants in the Central Bohemia Region, has always been endangered by the river Elbe.
However, no one remembers the floods to be as destructive as in the last decade.
Summary: CHF 165,608 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 to support the Czech Red Cross (CzRC) Society in delivering assistance to people affected by floods in the central parts, also called Bohemia, of the Czech Republic.
Prague (1st July 2013) – People in Need’s Flood Committee took a decision on the contributions towards renovating the households of the first 39 families and has distributed 690,000 CZK from the SOS Floods 2013 fundraising campaign. The first grants are channelled to the most afflicted households in 14 municipalities in Ústí nad Labem, Mělník, Kolín and Litoměřice districts and it is assumed that the people will obtain them in the next weeks.
165,608 CHF was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 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.
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.
Hungary – Floods (Hungarian Disaster Management Department)
Floods across central Europe continue to devastate parts of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Czech Republic.
Cities in southern and eastern Germany are on high alert as heavy floodwaters swell rivers. Passau is one of the worst-hit cities in the country, with water levels the highest they have been in 70 years. Dresden is preparing for water levels 5m higher than normal.
The last time central Europe saw similar floods was in 2002, when 17 people were killed in the Czech Republic, and damage estimated at $26bn was inflicted.
Austria – Floods (National Authorities)
As of 11 June, the water levels of the rivers are further declining and cleanup efforts are ongoing in the flooded areas; operational measures are still focused on the area along the River Danube in Niederösterreich.
Hungary – Floods (Hungarian National Disaster Management Department, BBC)
The protection efforts continue in Hungary across eight counties. As of 10 June in the evening, Danube water levels are on the decline in Komárom-Esztergom county and in northern Pest, as well as in the capital Budapest. In southern Pest, more than 800 people were relocated, as the flood is now shifting downstream from Budapest.
Austria - Floods (National Civil Protection Authorities)
As of 09 June, the water levels of all rivers are further declining, cleanup efforts are ongoing in the flooded areas and operational measures are focusing on the area along the river Danube in Lower Austria.
At the beginning of June 2013, the Czech Republic has been hit by devastating floods that have so far claimed eight victims and inflicted damage worth hundreds of millions of crowns. People in Need reacted immediately by starting the SOS Floods 2013 public collection and released 500,000 crowns for immediate assistance to flood victims. Emergency coordinators were sent to the affected regions to monitor the situation and decide on concrete assistance to families and households.
You can also help and send your donations to:
the flood account 72027202/0300
Czech Republic – Floods (Hydrometeorological Institute, Czech Ministry of Interior, Czech Civil Protection Authorities, Local Media)
According to the Czech Hydrometeorological Institute, the water levels of Vltava and Elbe are expected to further decrease throughout the country. In Ústí nad Labem (Ústecký, northern CZ), Elbe culminated at 10.72m on 7 June. As of the same date, it has also reached its peak in Děčín (also in Ústecký). As of 6 June, the Ministry of Interior reports a total of 20,500 people evacuated so far and ca.
Austria – Floods (Austrian Civil Protection Authority)
The water levels of all rivers are declining. The operational measures are still focusing on the area along the River Danube in Lower Austria. National and international railway connections in parts of the Provinces of Tyrol, Salzburg, Upper Austria and Lower Austria are still affected, numerous roads in the affected regions are blocked.