State services have stood up well to flooding 'test' - PM

According to the PM, thanks to the prevention, it has been possible to avoid “many tragedies.” Darek Delmanowicz/PAP

Activities related to the flood situation are a kind of test of the effectiveness of Poland's state services, which have stood up pretty well so far, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki stated on Friday, the third day of extensive flooding in south Poland.

The PM added that state services would have to be on the alert in the southeastern Podkarpackie province, where further "problems" might arise.

The prime minister was taking part in a sitting of the crisis group in Kraków (southern Poland) in connection with the floods. Also participating were Deputy PM Beata Szydło, Deputy PM Jarosław Gowin, Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński and Infrastructure Minister Andrzej Adamczyk as well as provincial governors.

"The situation is not black and white," Morawiecki stressed. "Probably the depression that is moving east, now in the Podkarpackie province, can unfortunately cause some new problems and damage. In this context, our attention should certainly be focused there especially. We will be vigilant as to the situation in that province."

The prime minister thanked the services - police, armed forces and fire brigade - for their readiness, coordination, professional work and, among other things, for clearing "floating obstacles." According to the PM, thanks to that prevention, it has been possible to avoid "many tragedies." "However, a great many woes (...) have been impossible to prevent and there are thousands of flooded homes, hundreds of evacuated people and we also have to heal the effects of this flood situation," the head of government pointed out.

Morawiecki also thanked Deputy PM Szydło and his ministers as "coordination and very fast actions are very necessary."

Among the people to whom the prime minister expressed gratitude were also local government officials. "This action is a certain type of test of the effectiveness of the Polish state services," he explained. "They have come out of it quite well so far." He warned against complacency, however, as "the situation remains alarming."