Civil protection

Floods in the Czech Republic: the army mobilized

(credit: Czech Ministry of Defense / CTK)

(BRUSSELS2) A good part of the Czech Republic is under water. On Sunday evening, the government declared a state of emergency in all regions of Bohemia (except the Pardubicky region in the east).

More than 2 soldiers were mobilized under the relief plan, said Defense Minister Vlastimil Picek. Elements on alert are “ready for the evacuation and rescue of the population, the possible construction of shelters, the protection of roads and earthworks » indicates the ministry. A W-3A Sokol military helicopter from the 24th Transport Air Force Base in Prague-Kbely was mobilized to evacuate a man in the Na Chalupách area. The other army helicopters are on alert. 2 people died and several others are missing.

In Prague, a state of maximum alert was declared, some metro stations closed and automobile traffic restricted in certain areas. The Na Františku hospital, located near the Vltava, has begun to be evacuated, as have some animals in the zoo, according to the CTK agency. More than 300 soldiers are at work. 200 soldiers from the 4th Rapid Deployment Brigade from Zatec and Chrudim were deployed to help build dikes in the historic center; Another 100 soldiers from the 4th Rapid Intervention Brigade had already been deployed in the afternoon at the request of Prague City Hall.

Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).