Heavy rain has caused severe flooding in parts of Slovenia. In response to the escalating situation and with the expectation of additional rain and floods, the Environment Agency (ARSO) has elevated the weather alert to its highest level.
ARSO data shows parts of northern, north-western and central Slovenia received more than 100 millimetres of rain within 24 hours, which is a month's worth of rain on average. Many roads, houses and business premises have been flooded all accross the country
The floods have also caused disruption to rail and bus services with several railway sections blocked in the north and north-west, some roads, including highways, have been closed.
In such circumstances, the Alpine Association of Slovenia advises against visiting the mountains and hills. It is crucial to tay away from pontentially hazardous areas.
Civil protection authorities in Slovenia urgently advise the public to follow instructions, closely monitor the situation, and never attempt to cross rushing water under any circumstances. Emphasizing the importance of prioritizing lives over property, they urge individuals to avoid travel if not absolutely essential, as the conditions are rapidly changing.
For accurate weather monitoring, check the Environment Agency of the Republic of Slovenia website.
They have a list of online tools like this one to check the current weather information
Situation on the roads – Traffic updates.
The Protection and Rescue Administrative Unit of the Republic of Slovenia has issued comprehensive guidelines for dealing with flood-related emergencies and installing emergency flood defences.
Emergency call 112
When you dial 112, provide the following information:
- Who is calling.
- What happened.
- Where it happened.
- When it happened.
- How many are injured.
- What the injuries are.
- What the circumstances at the scene are (fire, hazardous substances, damaged gas or other connections).
- What help you need.
Here are some valuable tips for your personal safety during severe weather conditions:
- To ensure personal safety during storms, monitor weather warnings and pay attention to recognizing the signs of an approaching storm, such as dark clouds, distant thunder, strong winds, and sudden temperature drops.
- During a storm, it is essential to avoid using landline telephones and electrical devices, as lightning can travel through wires. Cell phones, if not connected to an electrical source, are safer to use indoors but should not be used outdoors during a storm.
- For maximum protection, seek shelter inside a large building that is closed on all sides and equipped with a lightning rod. Avoid proximity to external walls and windows as lightning can travel through pipes and electrical wiring, discharging into the ground.
- Other safety measures include refraining from washing or bathing during a thunderstorm, as water conducts electricity, avoiding open areas, water sources, tall buildings, and metal objects like fences and wires. Using an umbrella during a thunderstorm is not advisable, as it can attract lightning.
- If caught outdoors during a thunderstorm, avoid seeking shelter under trees. However, if no other option is available, choose the lowest tree, crouch down with your head down and feet together, and remain at least five meters away from others.
- In the event of hail, avoid attempting to secure vehicles or protect crops, as hail can cause harm. If caught in a hailstorm, protect yourself with a hat to minimize damage.
- Be mindful of airborne objects carried by strong winds and ensure the safety of domestic animals by keeping them indoors during storms.
- To avoid potential hazards, refrain from venturing into the mountains when the weather forecast indicates the possibility of thunderstorms.
- If lightning ignites fire, promptly call 112, providing accurate information about the incident and location to receive assistance from the nearest fire department.
- Due to the unfavourable weather conditions and emergency situations caused by floods and landslides, visiting the mountains is highly discouraged. The Mountaineering Association of Slovenia strongly advises against mountain activities under such circumstances.
Source: STA; slovenia.info
Date: 5. August 2023
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