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Ukrainian rescuers start working in flood-affected Slovenia

Saturday, 12 August 2023, 19:43
Ukrainian rescuers start working in flood-affected Slovenia

51 Ukrainian rescuers and 19 units of equipment have begun restoration works in flood-affected Slovenia.

Source: State Emergency Service of Ukraine

Details: At the moment, the combined detachment of the State Emergency Service is involved in restoration works near the settlement of Račice.

The rescuers deployed a mobile control post, a medical post, and also organised communication and determined the procedure for involving people and equipment to eliminate the consequences of the flood.

A working meeting was held with a representative of the RDC, the governing body of the European Civil Protection Mechanism, which coordinates the work of rescue services from all countries operating here and with local authorities.

Two main locations have been identified for work in the Dreta River for Ukrainian rescuers. The main tasks are the arrangement of a dam for shore fortification, widening and changing the river bed, drainage, and clearing the river bed of trees and debris brought by high water. The work is extremely difficult because the rescuers have to work in a rapid current constantly.

Specialists of the State Emergency Service have and use heavy engineering equipment for the task’s implementation, particularly five crawler excavators. The works are planned to be carried out within a few days. After that, new locations will be determined.


  • Robert Golob, Prime Minister of Slovenia, personally met the Ukrainian rescue team, arriving to provide assistance due to the floods in Slovenia.
  • Recent heavy rains have caused significant damage in Slovenia, collapsing at least seven major and regional bridges and affecting roads and energy infrastructure facilities. Thousands of people had to leave their homes, many were evacuated by helicopters and boats, and fatalities were reported.
  • The authorities said this is the worst flood situation in Slovenia in its recent history, affecting two-thirds of the country's territory.
  • President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed a decree on providing humanitarian aid to Slovenia.

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