UN warns of the threat of widespread flooding in Central and Eastern Europe

UN warns countries of Eastern and Central Europe, the threat of flooding, which will be caused by the melting of ice and snow, so abundant in this season in the entire European region. Those most at risk of flooding prone areas along the Danube River, where already the first signs of spring thaw.

The representative of the secretariat of the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction Denis McClean warned that flooding is likely to be most widespread in the last 10 years.
"In a period of severe winter that killed hundreds of people, identified a number of shortcomings in the preparation for the worst-case scenarios. Many vulnerable communities across Europe were cut off from transport, schools, health facilities and electricity", — the press-secretary of the Secretariat of the International Strategy disaster risk reduction.

He added that the river Danube is a thaw. At the same time, the vast expanse from Serbia to Bulgaria remain under snow. Devastating floods can lead to loss of life and economic losses, especially in places where there are no dams and water supply systems.

The Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Disaster Risk Reduction Margareta Wahlström urged all States in the region to prepare adequately for the upcoming disaster. In this regard, she cited the example of Bulgaria, whose authorities have checked more than 500 dams and drainage systems, and chose the water from some reservoirs.

In 2002 was introduced in the European flood alert system after the water has overflowed the Elbe and Danube, and led to flooding in many European countries.


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