Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Tuesday commented on the threat of flooding in some parts of the country following heavy rainfall in the last few days.
He said he was in contact with Environment and Energy Minister Tomislav Coric and Interior Minister Davor Bozinovic, as well as with the head of Karlovac County, Damir Jelic.
“As I understand, based on the information from the ground, the situation in Karlovac seems to be under control. The focus now is on Hrvatska Kostajnica,” the PM said.
Plenkovic announced that Minister Coric would visit Hrvatska Kostajnica in the afternoon to inspect the situation. He said that the experience with previous floods, the laws and technical measures that have been adopted and the investments undertaken in that regard already made a difference compared to last year.
Plenkovic was speaking to reporters in the northwestern town of Veliko Trgovisce where he attended a ceremony marking the 97th anniversary of the birth of the first president of Croatia and founder of the Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ) party, Franjo Tudjman.
An emergency has been declared in Hrvatska Kostajnica, about 90 km southeast of Zagreb where the water level of the Una river has reached 419 centimetres and is expected to reach 500 cm, 37 cm below the maximum recorded in 1955.
The head of the local civil protection service, Milko Prpic, told Hina on Tuesday morning that people and their property were not threatened so far.
Meanwhile, the situation in the flooded areas of neighbouring Bosnia and Herzegovina has gradually returned to normal. The situation remains difficult in Prijedor and Sanski Most in the northwest of the country where the overflowing of the Sana river is threatening hundreds of residential and business properties.