A Czech truck driver survived a disaster in Italy’s Genoa on Tuesday when
a long section of the city’s Morandi motorway bridge collapsed, Czech
The man, who works for the Prague-based haulage company SPED-IT, was communicating with doctors, a representative of the firm said on Tuesday afternoon. More details regarding how the driver survived or his state of health have not been released.
At least 30 people were killed when the bridge collapsed, with some vehicles falling up to 90 metres to the ground below.
Meteorologists have called off fire warnings imposed on most of the Czech
Republic for a period of several weeks, Czech Television reported. The move
followed heavy rainfall in recent days.
A fire alert is still in place in southern Moravia and forecasters say they fear the situation may again take a turn for the worse around the country in the coming days.
The Czech prime minister, Andrej Babiš, says he will offer Italy and Malta
unmanned aircraft to help guard their borders and combat illegal migration
when he visits the two states in a fortnight’s time. Mr. Babiš made the
comment on Tuesday after visiting a Czech company that develops such
The Czech leader agreed a month ago to visit Rome after his Italian counterpart, Giuseppe Conte, sent an open letter in response to Mr. Babiš’s refusal of an Italian request to take in 450 migrants.
The latter says Europe must send a signal that illegal migration is unacceptable and taking in more people only makes the problem worse.
Three-quarters of toys examined by the Czech Trade Inspection Authority in
the first quarter of this year did not meet all the set regulations, the
government agency said on Tuesday. The most common shortcomings were
failure to identify the manufacturer or importer, while some packaging only
contained information in English.
Inspectors imposed fines totalling CZK 1.8 million crowns on almost 300 toy sellers and distributors in the first three months of 2018.
Czech economic growth slowed to 2.3 percent in the second quarter of this
year from 4.2 percent in the first quarter, according to an official
preliminary gross domestic product estimate issued on Tuesday. Analysts had
expected slightly faster expansion in the April to August period.
Czech GDP growth for the whole of 2018 should reach around 3 percent, according to experts. They say that the economy is currently performing at close to its maximum potential.
A lower house commission investigating the controversial privatisation of
the OKD mining company has asked the police to intervene after financier
Zdeněk Bakala ignored a summons to give testimony on Tuesday. Mr. Bakala,
who at one point owned OKD, is based in Switzerland.
Chairman Lukáš Černohorský said that the same laws applied to rich and poor and that the commission had no alternative but to ask the police to ensure that Mr. Bakala testify.
OKD was sold by the state to the company Karbon Invest for a price critics say was far below the market value. Mr. Bakala’s RPG Industries purchased Karbon Invest just a few months later. OKD is now in bankruptcy.
Some 100 tonnes of dead fish have been removed do far from a pond in the
Břeclav region in south Moravia. The carp and silverfish died last week
due to a low level of water, which led to a low concentration of oxygen.
According to the administrator of the fish pond, Oldřich Pecha, the losses
will exceed five million crowns. Nesyt, with water surface of about 300
hectares, is the largest pond in Moravia and one of the largest in the
The drown-out period of hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in fish ponds, minor rivers and streams.
Sergeant Martin Marcin, one of the three soldiers killed in a suicide
attack in Afghanistan on August 5, was buried on Tuesday. A flyover of
Czech Army planes took place ahead of the funeral service, which was held
in Sergeant Marcin’s hometown of Chomutov. Army chief of staff Aleš
Opata and Defence Minister Lubomír Metnar were among those in attendance,
while around 300 people gathered outside.
The three Czech servicemen were killed by a suicide bomber while patrolling an area near Bagram Base, the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan. The other two soldiers, Kamil Beneš and Patrik Štěpánek, will be buried later this week.
The forest fire that broke out high up on Ještěd Mountain in the north of
the country has been brought under control. Twelve firefighter units were
called to the blaze, which threatened to spread due to strong wind. The
emergency services have also employed a helicopter to contain the fire.
The incidence of fires rose sharply over the past weeks to the drown-out period of drought. In July, fire crews were called to 2,700 fires, which is the highest number in 12 years.