Manning the levies - the flood in numbers


The level of the Danube continues to remain high but in most cases the endangered sections can once more be opened to the public with the focus now switching to cleaning up the damage.

According to statistics released by the disaster prevention agency, there will be plenty of material to dispose of. Interior Minister Sándor Pintér has ordered the state of emergency and the related heightened provisions to stay in effect until July 19 on the most endangered sections of the river, but the most concentrated efforts took place over the course of six days early in June on a stretch of 807.4 km of levies.

The latest flooding of the Danube broke many records. It peaked in the village of Nagybajcs in Győr-Moson-Sopron County at 907 cm, 35 cm more than the local record. Budapest’s 891 cm zenith was higher than anything on record by 31 cm. In contrast, the levels started to ebb further down south, with Mohács seeing a peak of 964 cm, high enough but 20 cm below the record.

Law enforcement deployed a total of 18,687 officers and cadets during the crucial week. The military sent 8,306 pair of hands, volunteer firemen contributed 3,500 people, while volunteers added up to 36,780, not to mention thousand of others from diverse authorities and public institutions.

Building and reinforcing levies consumed 10,179,046 sandbags filled with 242,500 cubic meters of sand, that were transported by 254 construction vehicles, 1,092 transport vehicles, supported by 338 pumps.The Danube flooded 47,285 hectares of land, 36,575 hectares of forests and 10,710 hectares of farmland.

Hungary was offered help by Germany, Israel, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Ukraine and in turn offered assistance to Austria, Croatia, and Serbia.

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