Hungarian Red Cross helps storm-hit villages


The Hungarian Red Cross has been supporting 1,300 people affected by severe storms in late June, with financial and technical assistance from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), according to a press statement sent to the Budapest Business Journal.

Photograph is illustrative only. (Photo credit: Márton Neményi)

IFRC contributed a little over CHF 87,000 (HUF 24.4 million) following the hailstorms and heavy rains that hit several parts of Hungary on June 21. The village of Megyaszó in Borsod-Abaúj-Zemlén County and other villages around the city of Kecskemét in Bács-Kiskun County were worst affected, with roofs, windows and gardens destroyed by the ice. More than 230 homes suffered serious damage, with some of them left uninhabitable. 

Acting together with the local authorities and civil society groups, the local branch of the Hungarian Red Cross responded immediately by deploying 50 staff members and volunteers who distributed food and cleaning kits. With the support of IFRC, the Hungarian Red Cross was able to provide tools, materials and skilled volunteers to repair damaged roofs and windows.

“There is no way to avoid natural disasters that may hit our country repeatedly, and being the largest humanitarian organization in Hungary, we must be able to help quickly and efficiently in these unexpected situations,” said István Kardos, director general of the Hungarian Red Cross.

“In our response, we receive technical assistance and financial support from the International Federation. More recently, the Hungarian Red Cross was able to provide immediate assistance to the families in need and people affected by the hailstorm by using humanitarian aid from international funds,” he added.

Simon Missiri, IFRC Regional Director for Europe said: “Being a member of the world’s largest humanitarian organization means that the Hungarian Red Cross can respond more effectively to domestic natural shocks and crises. Through our regional office in Budapest, we support 54 national societies, including the Hungarian Red Cross, in their work with vulnerable people across their home countries.”

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