The situation after violent storms in Podkarpacie and Małopolska

Damage is being removed and losses are being estimated. Victims will receive assistance.

Destroyed homes, power lines torn down

The strong storms which crossed Podkarpackie Province on Wednesday and Thursday night caused the biggest destruction in Łańcut and Rzeszów poviats. Approximately 200 buildings were damaged. Roofs of the houses were torn down, and in some cases the building’s structure was damaged.

Fire fighters help residents protect the roofs with tarpaulins. 10 power lines were damaged, which deprived approximately 10 thousand clients of electricity. Services which repair power lines keep working to restore access to electricity. Currently, electricity does not reach approximately 1,000 households. In Małopolskie Province, cleaning and estimating damage is underway. In addition, problems with power supply are eliminated gradually. The biggest number of incidents was recorded in Nowy Sącz poviat, in: Stary Sącz, Nowy Sącz, Korzenna, Podegrodzie and Chełmiec communes, as well as in Gorlice and Tarnów poviats.

Help for the victims

Residents of the villages of Kraczkowa and Malawa near Rzeszów were visited by Małgorzata Chomycz-Śmigielska, the Governor of Podkarpackie Province, who also took part in a session of the Province Crisis Management Team in Łańcut.

The governor informed that the victims are entitled to government assistance in the form of allowances of up to PLN 6 thousand for the most urgent needs, and up to PLN 20 and 100 thousand for reconstruction of destroyed houses.

Małgorzata Chomycz-Śmigielska obliged local governments to submit at her office, by Monday (18 August) reports on commissions’ work on the basis of which she will request the Minister of Administration and Digitisation to grant assistance in order to enable payment of allowances to the families in need as soon as possible.

Additional assistance will be provide for school starter kits for children from the most affected families in Podkarpackie Province.

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