Poland – Hundreds Evacuate After Floods in South East

Update, 30 June 2020:

Further severe weather including storms and heavy rain affected parts of Poland on 29 June.

IMGW report that several locations recorded more than 50mm of rain in 24 hours, including Bielany is a district in Warsaw, which saw 51.6 mm.

The worst of the storm affected the provinces or voivodeships of Podlaskie, Masovia (which includes the capital Warsaw), Holy Cross Province (Świętokrzyskie) and Lesser Poland (Małopolskie).

Deputy Director of the Government’s Security Center, Grzegorz Świszcz, said over 1,300 homes were damaged by flooding, as were 241 roads. At the storm’s peak there were over 14,000 people without power. The Security Center reported 1,890 incidents triggered by the storm, including 621 in Masovia province (445 in Warsaw in particular), Lesser Poland (283) and Podkarpackie (226).

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Original report, 29 June 2020:

About 400 people were evacuated from their homes in south eastern Poland after flooding that began 27 June.

Poland’s Institute of Meteorology and Water Management (Instytut Meteorologii i Gospodarki Wodnej – IMGW) reported Jasło in Podkarpackie Voivodeship (province) recorded 100.4 mm of rain in 5 hours on 27 June.

Flooding affected the counties of Rzeszów, Łańcut, Przeworsk, Przemyśl and Jasło in Podkarpackie. Poland’s State Fire Service were called to around 400 interventions, and helped evacuate 400 people. Emergency accommodation was made available for those displaced, mainly in schools. Around 380 homes were damaged, as well a several roads and bridges in Manasterz (Przeworsk) and Handzlówka (Łańcut).

The government of Poland said the Mleczka river flooded houses in Siedleczka in Przeworsk County, while the overflowing Strug and Sawa rivers – both tributaries of the Wisłok – flooded areas of Rzeszów and Łańcut Counties.

River levels across the country remain high. IMGW warned on 29 June that the warning level had been exceeded at 10 water gauge stations in the Vistula river basin and at 19 stations in the Odra river basin.

Western Ukraine Floods

Wide areas of neighbouring western Ukraine suffered flooding last week. Prime Minister of Ukraine, Denys Shmyhal, said on 28 June that 7,500 homes have been flooded across 250 settlements in five oblasts of Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Zakarpattia, Ternopil and Lviv

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