Government allocating emergency funds for tornado damaged municipalities

Finance Minister Alena Schillerová, who visited the site of the disaster, said the government was releasing 10 million crowns in emergency aid to help cover immediate needs.

The Ministry for Regional Development and the Ministry of Agriculture will channel 500 million crowns to the affected municipalities in the coming days.

Social Affairs Minister Jana Maláčová said labour offices would start distributing individual aid – 58,000 crowns per person – on Friday morning to help those who have lost their homes in the tragedy. People are also being offered psychological aid.

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš, who is due to return from an EU summit in Brussels, is due to visit the region on Friday afternoon.