Clean-up work underway to restore Jewish Quarter
One of the areas badly hit by last week's flooding in Prague was Josefov, the capital city's famous historic Jewish Quarter, visited by countless tourists every year. Momentarily dozens of volunteers are helping to clean-up the damages and restoration work is underway. Dita Asiedu spoke to Leo Pavlat, the director of the Jewish Museum:
And how much is the damage on buildings, especially on their structures?
"It is very difficult to assume because the dehumidification will take some time and we are very anxious about the winter because it may create new problems and of course there are also problems with the foundation in the Pinkas Synagogue, which was also damaged by the water. It will take some time to assess the damage and take the measures to save all these monuments of Jewish Prague."
The majority of tourists who come to Prague are especially interested in visiting the Jewish Quarter. Are you getting support from international organisations?
"There are many people abroad, especially representatives of Jewish organisations, who approach us and are ready to offer their help, also in financial means. Of course, we welcome it and we are very enthusiastic about it. On the other hand, we would like to open as soon as possible and I'd like to hope that we will be able to open our exhibition, except for the Pinkas Synagogue, by the end of September."