Polish farmers have begun a race against time to save the summer grain crop, after four weeks of torrential rain.
TRAVELLING SHOT Flood waters of Vistula river, Poland.
SCU Rescue patrols on river. (3 SHOTS)
CU Flood marker showing level exceeding alarum level.
GV PAN Flooded fields and buildings (3 SHOTS)
GV PAN Sapper monument surrounded by flood waters.
SV PAN Flood waters with branches floating on surface.
SV Poniatowski bridge with water flowing just under arches.
GV Flooded hillside.
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Background: Polish farmers have begun a race against time to save the summer grain crop, after four weeks of torrential rain. The farmers started harvesting on the higher ground, unaffected by the flooding which hit the capital, warsaw and twenty provincial regions in July.
SYNOPSIS: The floods are among the worst in memory. A huge wave swept up the Vistula river, and flood alerts were in force in the Polish capital. Troops and volunteers reinforced the banks of the swollen river with more than 30,000 sandbags. Rescue patrols were on the water constantly, ready for any emergency.
The river rose more than ten feet (3 metres) in twenty four hours, and reached a peak of 25 feet (7.5 metres) above normal.Fields to the south of the capital were turned into lakes, and more than 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) across the country were swamped.
The Sapper monument, which normally dominates the river, was awash, and the Warsaw tourists flocked to the area to see the extent of the flood damage instead. The army evacuated people and cattle, and in some areas more than seventy percent of root crops were destroyed. Similar accounts of losses were reported throughout the Western Ukraine, but the Polish government must reckon with both the political and economic effects in a country already impatient at shortages of food and consumer goods.