In Poland, floods caused by melting snow have swamped more than one hundred villages and led to the evacuation of over two thousand farms in the northeast of the country.
AERIAL VIEWS Flooded landscape and damaged bridge. (2 SHOTS)
AERIAL VIEWS Flooded landscape and houses. (4 SHOTS)
GV TILT DOWN FROM Army radio aerial TO vehicle.
SV PAN FROM Sandbags in muddy water TO soldiers and equipment. (2 SHOTS)
SV Amphibious vehicle carrying flood victims to safety.
SV PULL BACK TO GV Army pumping equipment and personnel at work.
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Background: In Poland, floods caused by melting snow have swamped more than one hundred villages and led to the evacuation of over two thousand farms in the northeast of the country. The worst hit town was Ostroleka, where the Narew River reached a record two metres (seven feet) above danger level.
SYNOPSIS: Both the Narew and Bug River valleys were declared disaster areas as the rising waters flooded seven hundred kilometres of roads. At least one railway line was cut, several bridge were damaged and power lines were brought down.
In the eastern province of Lomza, more than one hundred thousand hectares (250,000 acres) of land is still under water. It is thought that up to thirty three thousand people may have to be evacuated from the area around Ostroleka, one hundred kilometres (60 miles) north of Warsaw.
The rescue operations are being controlled by the Polish Army.
The main task facing the soldiers has been to contain the floodwaters, especially in the Narew River Valley, where, in one area, forty-six villages were cut off. But their first priority was to evacuate thousands already trapped by the flooding. Special amphibious vehicles were used in the rescue.
The worst may still be to come. In some places, soldiers are preparing for floodwaters six metres (20 feet) deep.