The Flood Reaches Budapest
On the picture you can see Hungary’s parliament on the banks of the Danube River. The road in front of it is under water and you can only see the road signs in front of the parliament.
The water level in Danube is rising fast and will this evening peak at record high levels in Budapest. The dykes have been strengthened at critical points to protect the capital from flooding. According to information provided by the disaster management authority (OKF) so far 1,200 people have been evacuated from 28 settlements in 6 counties in Hungary, while 44 roads have been closed, due to the flooding Danube. But having said that, the Hungarian State has been doing well in handling the state of emergency!
So far, the Hungarian authorities and volunteers have managed to keep out the rising water level by building dikes. More then 10.000 people (of them 7000 soldiers) have placed several hundred thousands sandbags next to the dikes to protect cities and towns along the river.
- The flow approaching the heart of the country now. The next two days will be crucial, Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a news conference Sunday.
The Prime Minister praised flood defence efforts in the country and the fact that no human life had been lost due to flooding, which he had emphasised should be the most important aspect. On the request of the Prime Minister, the Parliament is scheduled to approve the extension of the state of emergency on Monday and the government will decide on Tuesday whether to call a state of emergency for the section of the river that runs through the capital.
Orban fears that flooding will cause the sewage system in Budapest to collapse and damages to the subway systems. The Danube is expected to peak at 8.95 metres (30 feet) in Budapest, above the 8.6-metre record in 2006 floods.
Orban said water levels were expected to recede only very slowly next week, and that he would ask parliament on Monday to approve an extension of the state of extreme danger that was announced last week.
Traffic news from Budapest
Motorists are advised to avoid the city centre. For both north- and southbound through traffic M0 motorway (ringroad) is recommended despite the significant detour involved, even between outer Budapest districts.