Heavy rain overnight and on Sunday has swollen rivers in north Bohemia with a flood alert in place in the Liberec and Hradec Kralove regions. Second and third degree alerts are in place in many villages along the Labe, Jizera and Kamenice rivers which have exerienced flash floods in the past. Anti-flood measures are being effected, such as bags of sand being placed along the embanments. The situation is expected to improve at the start of the week.
High winds damaged the roof of the main building at Prague’s Vystaviste exhibition grounds in Holesovice on Sunday and the entire grounds were closed to the public for safety reasons,Czech Radio reported. The emergency situation has cut short this year’s Designblok which was housed in the premises. The organizers have appologized to the public. The Prague Castle compound and Prague Zoo were also closed for the day for safety reasons.
The leader of the ANO party Andrej Babiš, who is to be tasked with forming
the new Czech government on Tuesday, is working to form a minority
government made up of outgoing ANO cabinet ministers and experts. Babiš
told Czech Television on Sunday that all ministers in the outgoing cabinet
with the exception of Finance Minister Ivan Pilny had agreed to stay on and
he had found two experts from outside party ranks.
The other parties which won seats in the lower house have refused to enter into a coalition with ANO and only the Communist Party has said it would consider whether to support a minority cabinet headed by Babis. There is concern that with support from President Zeman such a cabinet could temporarily govern without a vote of confidence from the lower house.
Andrea Hlavackova and Timea Babos won the WTA doubles title in Singapore for the first time after a brilliant three-set win over Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson. The Czech-Hungarian duo beat unseeded Kiki Bertens and Johanna Larsson 4-6, 6-4, 10-5. It is the pair's fifth trophy of the year; they teamed up for the first time in May.
President Miloš Zeman awarded high state distinctions to 39 Czech and
foreign personalities on the occasion of Czechoslovak Independence Day. The
gala ceremony at Prague Castle marked 99 years since the founding of
Among the foreign laureates were the former German chancellor Gerhard Schröder, the former president of Slovenia Borut Pahor and the former mayor of Vienna Michael Häupl who all received the country’s highest state distinction, the Order of the White Lion.
Among the Czech personalities who received awards were speed-skater Martina Sábliková, singer Jaromír Nohavica and film director Zdenek Troška.
Hurricane-force winds have been battering the Czech Republic, taking lives,
bringing down trees, power lines and damaging property. The worst problems
are reported in the western and central parts of the country where two
people were killed by falling trees and thousands of homes are without
The power utility CEZ has declared a calamity situation in seven regions. Many roads and rail tracks are blocked by fallen trees and emergency crews have been responding to hundreds of calls since the early hours of Sunday.
Peope have been advised to take extreme caution and not leave their homes if possible. In the mountain regions the force of the wind may reach 160 km per hour. A high wind warning is in force until midnight.
In tennis, Czech women’s number one Karolína Plíšková has failed to
make it into the final of the end of season WTA Finals.
She lost in straight sets to Carolina Wozniacki 6:7, 3:6 in the semi-final.
The loss means Plíšková cannot regain the number one spot in the WTA rankings she held earlier this year. Plíšková could have ended the year in top spot if she triumphed in the Singapore tournament.
The result means Romanian Simona Halep will gain the top spot.
The current leadership of the Social Democrats will resign at the party
congress planned for April and allow the membership to elect a new team,
party deputy chairman Milan Chovanec announced on October 28.
He was attending a regional party meeting in the central regional of Vysočina.
Chovanec said a new party chairman should be selected then and suggested that this is put to a vote by all members. He added that consideration should be given to electing a non-party chairman.
The Social Democrats saw support collapse to 7.27 percent in recent elections to the lower house of parliament where they gained just 15 seats. They were formerly the strongest party in the outgoing government.