February 26, 2024

LJUBLJANA, Slovenia (AP) — Slovenia has confronted the worst pure catastrophe in its historical past, Prime Minister Robert Golob stated Saturday, after devastating floods prompted an estimated 500 million euros ($550 million) in harm.

Devastating floods on Thursday and Friday killed three individuals and destroyed roads, bridges and homes within the small alpine nation. Two-thirds of the territory has been affected, Golob stated.

The floods have been “the largest pure catastrophe” in Slovenia’s historical past, Golob stated after a gathering of the nation’s Nationwide Safety Council on Saturday. “Fortunately, final night time was simpler than the final.”

After three weather-related deaths have been reported on Friday, Slovenian media stated on Saturday that yet another particular person was discovered useless within the capital Ljubljana. Police haven’t confirmed the report.

The flooding was brought on by torrential rains on Friday that prompted rivers to rise quickly, inundating homes, fields and villages. Slovenia’s climate service stated a month’s price of rain fell in lower than a day.

Consultants say the intense climate situations are partly on account of local weather change. Elements of Europe skilled report warmth and battled wildfires all through the summer season.

Golob stated highway and power infrastructure have been notably affected, in addition to a whole lot of properties and different buildings. Hundreds of individuals have been compelled to evacuate their properties and lots of have needed to be rescued by helicopters or firefighters on boats.

The Slovenian army has joined the reduction effort, with troops arriving in remoted areas within the north to assist.

Images of the scene confirmed complete villages beneath water, out of doors campsites destroyed, automobiles caught in mud and youngsters’s toys piled up in opposition to fences.

Flash floods have been additionally reported in neighboring Austria, the place round 80 individuals have been compelled to quickly depart their properties within the southern province of Carinthia.

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