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Ozone layer may be on the mend

06-01-2011 16:43 | Daniela Lazarová

Recent research findings by European scientists suggest that man’s efforts to protect the environment are beginning to pay off. Ozone data collected by a number of satellite stations indicate that the ozone layer is gradually beginning to recover.  More

Heavy snow causes disruptions across the country

02-12-2010 16:00 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK The Czech Republic is getting its share of winter weather. Heavy snow and freezing temperatures have disrupted traffic across the country, with the main motorways and railway experiencing severe problems. Prague’s Ruzyně airport was closed for traffic overnight and many international flights, similarly as train connections, are delayed. The authorities in most major cities are struggling to get the situation under control, and have asked people to leave their cars at home.  More

Czechs answer call to help flood stricken Pakistan

17-08-2010 13:27 | Chris Johnstone

Pakistan villagers flee from area due to heavy flooding in Jacobabad, Pakistan, photo: CTK Although the Czech Republic has been hit by it own floods, the country responded fast to the much greater inundation in Pakistan. We look at the Czech aid effort so far.   More

Eighty Czechs stranded in Ladakh after flash floods

12-08-2010 15:39 | Daniela Lazarová

Leh, India, photo: CTK At least eighty Czechs remain stranded in the Himalayan region of Ladakh where flash floods killed 156 people at the weekend. Most of them have already contacted the Czech embassy in New Delhi and are waiting to get on flights home, but the fate of a small group who were travelling on their own remains uncertain. Radio Prague called the Czech ambassador to India Miloslav Stašek for the latest news.   More

Climatologist: Homes in danger areas need to be moved to safer ground

09-08-2010 15:11 | Jan Velinger

Photo: CTK Over the last decade, floods of varying intensity have hit the country almost every year, leading to the destruction of property and in the worst case loss of life. A little earlier I discussed possible reasons for the increase in flood frequency with respected geologist and climatologist Václav Cílek, asking him which factors contributed to the rise in flooding.   More

Parts of northern Bohemia hit by severe flooding

09-08-2010 15:11 | Jan Richter

Photo: CTK Severe flooding hit the parts of the Czech Republic over the weekend, claiming at least three lives and causing widespread damage. Heavy rain on Saturday swelled rivers and streams in both northern and southern Bohemia, and thousands of people had to be evacuated. More than 4,000 households remain without electricity and gas supplies.   More

Government pledges immediate aid to flood-stricken regions

09-08-2010 15:11 | Sarah Borufka

Petr Nečas, photo: CTK Damages from this weekend’s flash floods are estimated at heading for CZK 4 billion (around USD 215 million). To determine how to quickly and efficiently send financial aid to the affected regions, Prime Minister Petr Nečas called an extraordinary government session on Monday morning. On the agenda were both the acute needs of flood-stricken municipalities and a long-term strategy to help the state prepare financially for future floods.   More

Moravian deluge leaves swarms of mosquitoes

10-06-2010 16:11 | Christian Falvey

Photo: CTK The floodwaters have receded in Moravia, but now many parts of the region are inundated with mosquitoes. Various sources have reported as many as 60 bites a minute in places – not necessarily a danger, but a definite inconvenience as the summer tourist season begins.   More

Flooding brings fresh despair to Moravia

03-06-2010 14:14 | Chris Johnstone

Heavy rainfall has brought flooding back to the Czech Republic just as some localities were getting back to normal. Many of the same areas in Moravia hit two weeks ago were affected again with three lives lost, but flood warning have also been widened to new areas in the west of the country. The latest floods have left a trail of damage and desperation in their wake.   More

Damage assessment and clear-up begin as river levels fall in flood-hit regions

20-05-2010 15:11 | Jan Velinger

After torrential rains caused flooding in parts of Moravia this week, water levels have started to go down. But now the hard part begins: assessing the cost of the damage, as well as beginning the clean-up and recovery. Parts of Moravia are still in danger of mudslides and several homes have either been destroyed or face demolition. Local officials expect that repairs will cost billions of crowns.   More

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