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Continuing floods

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Continuing floods

As floods in Eastern and Central Europe

continue to worsen, with just under two million people affected, the International Federation is stepping up efforts to help victims in Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. An appeal was launched on 14 July for nearly 7 million Swiss francs to distribute food, hygiene parcels, drinking water, blankets and detergent to 257,000 people. Supplies will be purchased locally and sent to the worst-affected areas. Five emergency water purification teams from the Austrian and German Red Cross will be despatched to the region. The flooding has left 40 people dead in Poland and 50 in the Czech Republic. Buildings, roads and agricultural land have been destroyed. Flood damage is expected to grow as reservoirs overflow. Red Cross staff have been involved in the evacuation of thousands of people to shelters and are providing them with clothes, food and first aid.

In Poland, 180 towns are completely under water, 140 are partially flooded and 60,000 people have been evacuated. In the Czech Republic, 40 percent of the territory is affected and more than 60,000 people have been moved to safety. In Slovakia more than 17,000 have been evacuated.