While heat waves caused by climate changes cause record temperatures and forest fires in many parts of Europe; In Slovenia, England, Austria and Croatia, heavy rains were seen during the summer that caused flooding.
In European countries, serious damage occurred due to the flood, and it was announced that it would take time to repair the damage in these countries.
Heavy rain and wind were also effective in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia. A “heavy rain” warning has been issued in Latvia, Poland, Lithuania and Finland.
Damage in Slovenia could exceed 500m euros
Two-thirds of the territory of Western Balkan and European Union (EU) country Slovenia was hit by floods caused by heavy rains that started on Friday and continued for 3 days.
The flood in Slovenia, where settlements were damaged, agricultural lands became largely unusable and 6 people died, was recorded as the “biggest natural disaster” of the country that gained its independence in 1991.
While the main roads became unusable due to flooding in Slovenia, where it was recorded that the damage caused by the flood could exceed 500 million euros, the Slovenian army participated in the search and rescue efforts in the field and evacuated the trapped people with helicopters and boats.
Slovenia’s Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs warned foreign citizens and travelers in the country to “be careful” on its social media account after the flood.
Damage repair work in the UK can take several days
After the “sixth rainiest July so far” in England, some parts of the country were under the influence of heavy rain and strong winds due to the “Storm Antoni”, which was effective in the region that included Wales and Northern Ireland last weekend.
The town of Loftus in North Yorkshire was flooded for the second time in 3 years due to the storm. About 20 houses in the town were affected by the flood, which occurred after the wind blowing at 125 kilometers per hour and heavy downpour, and many people were evacuated from their homes.
Trees knocked down by the storm, which also disrupted transportation, closed the 160-kilometer railway between Exeter and Penzance.
It was announced that the work to repair the damage caused by Storm Antoni will take several days.
Many outdoor events, including the Dorset Jazz Festival, were canceled due to the storm.
Antoni, which was recorded as the “third storm” in the country this year, is the “first storm” named by the British Meteorological Office (Met Office).
The Met Office issued an “orange” warning about unusual storms and rains in the southwest of England and Wales at this time of year, stating that the effects of the storm called “Antoni” will be felt across the country on August 5.
Damage revealed by receding waters in Croatia
The states of Carinthia and Styria in the south of Austria, another EU country, were also subjected to landslides and flooding after heavy rains that started on Friday.
One person died in the flood, which caused the evacuation of many villages in the region.
Flooding occurred in Croatia as a result of heavy rainfall over the weekend. The flood, which occurred as a result of the rivers overflowing after the precipitation, which was effective in many cities across the country, especially in the capital Zagreb, caused material damage in Croatia.
Local media shared the information that roads and bridges were damaged and many houses were flooded after the water receded.
Rainfall was also effective in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia
Heavy rains were also effective in Western Balkan countries Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.
As a result of the heavy rain that showed its effect in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the streets of the capital Sarajevo were filled with water in a short time, and there were disruptions in traffic.
In Serbia, heavy winds accompanied the afternoon rains.
It was noted that the air temperature in the Western Balkan countries will rise to 32 degrees in the coming days.
Warning to citizens from Latvia and Poland
Latvian Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins warned that storms and precipitation are prevailing in the country.
“Authorities are working hard to help the public and repair the damage to the infrastructure as soon as possible,” Karins shared on his Twitter account X. used the phrase.
Calling the public to be careful, Karins said, “Let’s not leave the house unnecessarily during the storm.” warned.
In Poland, a call was made to “not go out and stay in safe places” with text messages sent to the public.
In the Polish media, it was reported that the winds reached speeds of up to 70 kilometers in the country, and warnings were made to “follow the current weather situation”.
The temperature in the country decreased by 10 degrees in a week and the rainy weather continues.
It will get colder in Lithuania and Finland
In Lithuania, there was a warning that “hot weather will give way to thunderstorms in the coming days”. Mentioning the possibility of hurricanes, especially in the northeast of the country, it was noted that “heavy rain” would be effective.
Starting Monday with 31 degrees Celsius, temperatures will drop by 10 degrees in Finland. In the southern part of the country, it is warned that due to the storms, caution should be taken and trees may fall.