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Latvia: State of emergency after floods threaten Daugavpils01:03

Latvia: State of emergency after floods threaten Daugavpils

Latvia, Daugavpils
April 23, 2013 at 15:28 GMT +00:00 · Published

Latvia: State of emergency after floods threaten Daugavpils

A state of emergency was declared in Latvia on Monday as floods engulfed the Daugavpils Region of the Northern European nation. The decision of the Crisis Management Council was announced by Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis during a press conference on Monday.

After a record winter snowfall melted by a temperate spring, floods spread through the country, prompting an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday. The water level in Daugava River near Daugavpils has risen 7.88 meters, exceeding the critical seven meter mark by almost a meter. A horticultural co-operative society in Mezciems village is threatened by flooding, and 23 people living in the area have been advised to evacuate.

The session was convened after the Daugavpils City Council and Regional Council and Ogre and Plavinas Regional Councils requested the government take action to tackle floods in their respective regions.

Janina Jalinska, the mayor of Daugavpils, said: "At this time people are safe, and can stay here, but we are monitoring the situation for the possibility of a future evacuation. At the moment such action is unnecessary."

The decision was made to allow emergency services to forcibly evacuate residents refusing to flee their homes, Dubrovkis explained. The parliament will convene to discuss the issue further on Tuesday and review compensation packages for victims of the floods.

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Latvia: State of emergency after floods threaten Daugavpils

A state of emergency was declared in Latvia on Monday as floods engulfed the Daugavpils Region of the Northern European nation. The decision of the Crisis Management Council was announced by Latvian Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis during a press conference on Monday.

After a record winter snowfall melted by a temperate spring, floods spread through the country, prompting an emergency cabinet meeting on Monday. The water level in Daugava River near Daugavpils has risen 7.88 meters, exceeding the critical seven meter mark by almost a meter. A horticultural co-operative society in Mezciems village is threatened by flooding, and 23 people living in the area have been advised to evacuate.

The session was convened after the Daugavpils City Council and Regional Council and Ogre and Plavinas Regional Councils requested the government take action to tackle floods in their respective regions.

Janina Jalinska, the mayor of Daugavpils, said: "At this time people are safe, and can stay here, but we are monitoring the situation for the possibility of a future evacuation. At the moment such action is unnecessary."

The decision was made to allow emergency services to forcibly evacuate residents refusing to flee their homes, Dubrovkis explained. The parliament will convene to discuss the issue further on Tuesday and review compensation packages for victims of the floods.