May 23, 2010

Flooding in Warsaw kills 12

ENVIRONMENT - Twelve people are dead and many others are missing as floods flowed through the Polish capitol of Warsaw yesterday, destroying billions of euros of property on the way.

To make matters worse the Vistula river has burst it banks in a non-residential region of the city where local residents were attempting to keep the flood at bay with sandbags. All along the Vistula river many other towns and smaller cities are experiencing flooding.

City officials are telling citizens to be ready to evacuate on short notice if necessary. Many Polish people have refused to evacuate their homes out of fear of looting.

Poland's Prime Minister Donald Tusk says the ongoing flooding is "the worst natural disaster in the nation's history ... without precedent in the past 160 years."

Poland is the worst effected in recent flooding. Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia, Serbia and Ukraine have all been affected when two months worth of rain poured down over one 24 hour period.

Normally central Europe doesn't get that much rain. Recent climate change and changing weather patterns however are creating havoc for countries not used to large amounts of sudden rainfall.

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