Czech soldiers help people after floods

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

More than 800 soldiers were deployed throughout the country to fight consequences of floods that affected one fifth of all Czech villages and towns, and large areas of low lands during the first June week.

There are two thousand soldiers ready to help at any place when asked by Czech Integrated Rescue System authorities or local mayors.

Hundreds of soldiers from all brigades and dozens from the Prague Castle Guard were deployed with heavy but also "light" equipment first to build protective barriers and retaining walls along rivers and distributing sandbags to doorsteps of homes.

A four-day rain over basins of the Vltava (Moldau) and the Elbe rivers in Bohemia (western part of the Czech Republic) at the beginning of this June has sent high water to lower parts of the country causing damages to homes and businesses.

The Czech Police used its privilege to call up a limited number of soldiers to come help immediately without governmental approval. A subsequent governmental decision enabled the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic (police, firefighters, health service) to call up two thousand soldiers through regional Crisis Management staffs in case of need.

Minister of Defence Vlastimil Picek together with Prime Minister Petr Necas, Chief of the General Staff Lieutenant General Petr Pavel, and generals of the Czech military have frequenty visited deployed troops to provide immediate assistance.

Posted: June 17, 2013