An emergency information center was opened in Budapest on Thursday. The center will gather and process information in order to protect the public and ensure its safety, said Béla Danielisz, head of Budapest's city development committee.
It will also provide direct services in emergency situations, he added. Apart from operating a hotline, the center will also facilitate closer cooperation between organizations of public administration, law enforcement and public services, Danielisz said.
The city of Budapest has contributed Ft 50 million to the project.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators of Hungary's August 20 fireworks on the banks of the Danube in Budapest were caught off-guard as a violent storm rolled in, wreaking havoc and destruction. The subsequent investigation found that a prior warning of the storm had not been effectively communicated, largely owing to the lack of any joint action by the various departments of public administration.