Troops, militia and civilians in seven eastern European countries have been mobilized in a mammoth rescue and relief operation as the worst floods in a decade continue to sweep down the Danube Valley.
Troops, militia and civilians in seven eastern European countries have been mobilized in a mammoth rescue and relief operation as the worst floods in a decade continue to sweep down the Danube Valley.Agriculture land and towns along the Danube in Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, Rumania, Hungary, Yugoslavia and Bulgaria have been inundated by floodwaters following days of torrential rain.
Thousands of people have been evacuated from their homes in the danger areas and to date, the loss of life has been assessed at six dead.All those who died were Austrians.
Flooding in the Danube was caused by unseasonable heavy rain and today (Tuesday) authorities stated that the flood crest had already passed the previous record peak set in 1954.They fear that with unsettled weather continuing, the peak of the floods might not be reached until June 22 or 23.
Heavy losses of livestock and agricultural produce have been reported in each of the affected countries and scores of roads, rail lines and bridges have been washed away.In some places power stations along the Danube have been flooded, cutting power supplies to towns and villages.
In this film, we show bomb disposal squads of the Austrian government at the Hungarian border region.Anti-personnel mines have been washed across the border from Hungary by the floods and have become an acute danger to local people.Easily identifiable as they lie on the saturated ground, the disposal experts quickly render them harmless.
The only casualty to date from the mines was a 10-year-old Austrian boy who was seriously injured after picking up one of the mines.The hospital where he has been treated reported on Monday that he was making a good recovery.