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Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | 10/08/2010

Learning from floods

The clean-up has begun in Czech areas devastated by floods last weekend. In a commentary for the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes, the deputy chief of the Czech Hydrometeorological Agency Radim Tolasz asks why so little has been learned from the ever-more frequent floods: "Part of the population pays no attention to weather warnings; still others just don't believe them. Only part of the population seeks out more information and acts on it. A warning about heavy rains isn't necessarily a signal to flee, but for anyone who lives on the water, it is a call to attention. Unfortunately, we have become inured to news about huge amounts of rain, and give it short shrift. How else could someone possibly refuse evacuation? This threatens not only his own life and that of his dear ones, but also forces the deployment of rescuers when it's almost too late."

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