Floods and drought hit Moravia at the same time
Events this week in the town of Crhov in Southern Moravia will be recorded in the history books as the worst week in the town's history. This and several other towns and villages in the region of Blansko were hit by sweeping floods, that caused millions of crowns of damage and claimed two lives. Experts say such floods occur just once in 250 years. At the same time, paradoxically, other places in Moravia are suffering from drought. More from Vladimir Tax.
The damage amounts to tens of millions of crowns. Anti-flood provisions which the municipalities made after the floods five years ago, proved insufficient. Minister of interior Stanislav Gross and Minister for Regional development Pavel Nemec immediately arrived in the affected area. They praised the performance of both the volunteer and professional rescue teams and promised help from the government.
At the same time, some other places in Moravia are suffering from drought. Torrential rains and hailstorms that caused the latest floods miraculously avoided certain areas in the Vsetin region. The village of Ruzdka has not seen a drop of rain for weeks and suffers from a lack of drinking water. Two wells which provide just enough water no longer suffice after a relatively dry spring. The local council now has to order water in tanks and releases it to the public water system supplying 900 inhabitants.
So, paradoxically, while people in Crhov watch every new cloud in the sky with alarm, inhabitants of Ruzdka some 80 kilometres away are praying for rain.