Flood Watch Budapest: Orbán announces state of emergency

Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has declared a state of emergency due to the high water levels in the Danube, taking effect at noon today, June 4 2013.

Orbán spoke at a press conference this morning and told the press that according to data received from Austria, record high levels are expected on the Danube from Wednesday. The situation is expected to be at its worst this weekend, he said. He also said that there is a “realistic chance that we can keep the river within its dams.”

Over 1,000 soldiers have been mobilised to work on flood defences and that another 7,000 are available, the Defence Ministry said in a statement.

Live updates on the flood situation regarding Hungary can be found at The Budapest Times

(Photo:  Sorina Bindea)