Hungary activates the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and request sandbags to combat river overflow
At 20h00 yesterday, Hungary has activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism for urgent assistance in the response to the flood situation. The Hungarian authorities have identified an immediate need for up to 2 million sandbags to strengthen its flood containment capacity. Since 15 May, the country has put in place temporary flood protection measures along 930 km of river banks. With over 3.6 million sandbags already in use as temporary protection, Hungary is facing shortages. As the flood situation is worsening, the country urgently needs to strengthen its flood containment capacity and put in place additional temporary protection.