Swiss answer call to fight floods in Hungary

Switzerland is sending supplies and experts to help Hungarians facing major flooding as the Danube and Tisza rivers threaten to overflow.

This content was published on June 8, 2010 - 21:30

The rivers are expected to crest mid-week, having already reached alarming levels. Hungarian authorities have declared a state of emergency in eight northern regions and asked Europeans for aid.

The Swiss foreign ministry said on Tuesday it would send 500,000 bags for holding sand to reinforce dykes. The shipment is scheduled to arrive Tuesday night.

Three experts from Switzerland’s Humanitarian Aid Unit are en route as well to provide support and assistance.

Switzerland has allocated SFr350,000 ($304,000) to finance the assistance.

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