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Hungary: Hailstorm and heavy rain Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) MDRHU006 Operation Update n° 1

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

On 21 June 2017, hailstorm and heavy rains hit several parts of Hungary. The village of Megyaszó in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County and villages scattered around the county capital Kecskemét in Bács-Kiskun County were particularly affected, with roofs, windows and vegetable gardens destroyed or greatly damaged. The heavy rain entering the houses also led to the destruction of food, household items and appliances as well as the soaking of walls from the inside. In Megyaszó, the hailstorm and heavy rains have damaged 183 houses, with 25 of them having become statically unstable and uninhabitable. A total of 96 people were evacuated, including 53 children and accommodated with relatives. There was also temporary power outage in 3,500 households in the wider region. In Bács-Kiskun County, some 50 houses, including a kindergarten as well as farmsteads around the county capital Kecskemét have suffered serious damage affecting 225 people. In sum, a total of 233 houses have suffered serious damages as a result of the heavy hailstorm and rainfall.

Summary of current response
Overview of Host National Society

The local county branches of the Hungarian Red Cross (HRC) immediately started the situation and needs assessment in coordination with the relevant local authorities. On 22 June 2017, the Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County Disaster Management Directorate requested the HRC to provide additional assistance to the affected population, while the Directorate itself was leading on the restoration of infrastructure and sheltering of the evacuated families. The HRC Headquarters immediately prepositioned a contingency stock of 3,600 pieces of canned liver pates to provide food for those who have remained without access to their houses and food reserves. The distribution of the cans started on 23 June. (Their replenishment will be covered from this DREF allocation). The HRC also prepositioned its dehumidifiers to help dry the walls faster and prevent moulding as many walls had been soaked by the rains.

The HRC branch staff and volunteers are continuously coordinating with all relevant local actors, including authorities and formal and non-formal civil society groups. This coordination has revealed that some of the damaged houses have insurance contracts – making them ineligible for relief assistance –, while others have unclear proprietary backgrounds.

Logistic challenges emerged during the procurement process as availability of local suppliers with both the capacity to provide sufficient stocks in short time and willingness to participate in the procurement process was highly limited.