The worst floods to hit Poland in over a decade. Heavy rain has caused damage estimated at more than $2.5 billion over the last week, forcing the evacuation of thousands of people from their homes along the Vistula river, and in the south of Poland. Hundreds and hundreds of homes are flooded to the roof or ruined by the collapsing terrain. Thousands of acres of fields, many small towns and villages remain under water. Flood waves very slowly travel up north and the flood barriers in many parts of Poland are in a very poor condition now after days of inundation. Landslides in southern parts of Poland, which have borne the brunt of the flood damage, were particularly dangerous. Polish television has shown helicopters helping to evacuate stranded residents from the rooftops of their flooded homes, while some people escaped to safety in rowing boats. Poland’s meteorology institute said it expected more rain in the northern parts of the country in the next few days. The death toll from the worst floods to hit Poland in over a decade reached 15.
Our parish organized a special collection for the victims last Sunday. Donation can be offered during the week in the parish office. All the money will be forwarded to Caritas Polska, the Catholic Relief organization in Poland.