A miniature Dead Sea – that’s what they call Kamencové jezero or Alum Lake in Chomutov. It is said to have healing powers. The alum prevents the growth of algae and the clean water contains sulphate, chloride and iron which are said to have a beneficial effect on respiratory diseases, infections, and even acne.
Temperatures around the Czech Republic reached record highs at the weekend with the highest, 39.8 degrees, Celsius registered at two municipalities outside the Czech capital. The sweltering heat has gripped the Czech Republic now for weeks. While welcomed by holiday goers, the drought comes with a cost: a severe drop in water levels, the danger of forest fires and losses in the agriculture sector. Jan Velinger has the details.
Seven people jumped into the Vltava River on Sunday to mark the annual River Bathing Day, initiated in 2005 by Roberto Epple from the European Rivers Network. The 'Big Jump' event was held by the NGO Coalition for Rivers near the Palacký Bridge in the centre of Prague with the aim to highlight the need to protect rivers and return life to them. People could also see an exhibition on rivers and floods.
The quality of water remains safe for swimming in most lakes across the Czech Republic despite the recent heat-wave, which increases the growth of micro-organisms known as cyanobacteria, website Novinky.cz reported on Sunday. Around five locations across the country have been declared unsafe for swimming by the health authorities as the concentration of cyanobacteria, also known as "pond scum", has reached critical levels.
Members of the police force in Zlín are facing possible disciplinary measures for allowing bathers on Saturday, including families with small children, to swim for hours just metres from a man's corpse in the water. The incident took place at the Štěrkoviště reservoir in Otrokovice. According to sources, the coroner did not arrive for hours and the police apparently found it sufficient to partially cover the floating body with a tarp, rather than to ask swimmers to leave. News website iDnes reported the story, as did TV Prima, complete with video of the covered corpse with an outstretched hand. One family told the news site they thought the police were only conducting an exercise with a “dummy”. The deceased is believed to be a 31-year-old Slovak homeless man who went missing on Thursday evening after he went swimming with others. According to reports, other homeless people he was with took his things after he failed to reappear.
A swimming pool worker has died after inhaling chlorine at a pool in Nýřany, West Bohemia. The mayor of the town, Jiří Davídek, told the news website iDnes.cz that the man, who was 50, had done so deliberately in what was an unusual method of suicide. Two other members of staff at the pool have been hospitalised after also inhaling chlorine when trying to help the man during Wednesday morning’s incident.