Hungary – Rescues and Evacuations After Record Rain and Flash Floods

Thunderstorms caused wind damage and flash floods in Hungary from 19 June, 2019. The country’s National Meteorological Service (Országos Meteorológiai Szolgálat – OMSZ) reported record rainfall in some areas.

Some of the worst of the flooding was in Szolnok in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok county in central Hungary, where several people were evacuated from flooded buildings, according to Hungary’s National Directorate General for Disaster Management (NDGDM). Houses in the town were damaged and numerous cars submerged in a flooded underpass. Local media reported that the fire department rescued drivers from flooded vehicles.

Severe flooding was also reported in Szentes in Csongrád county, which recorded 67 mm of rain in 24 hours to 20 June. NDGDM also reported flooding and storm damage in Domony in Pest County, Rákóczifalva in Jász-Nagykun-Szolnok County and Papos in Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg County.

The heaviest rain for the period was recorded in Fonyód on the shore of Lake Balaton in western Hungary. According to OMSZ, 117.8 mm of rain fell in 24 hours to 20 June, beating the previous record high for this date of 101.3mm set in Szőlősardon in 1956.

Warnings for torrential rain and thunderstorms remain in place for wide areas of eastern parts of the country.

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