The Chelsea goalkeeper Petr Čech has won the Czech Republic’s Golden Ball award for footballer of the year for the fourth time in a row and the eighth time in total. The prize is voted on by the country’s association of sports journalists. On Friday, Čech (31) and the rest of the national team face Italy in a crucial World Cup qualifier in Prague.
A large court complex in Prague 9 was evacuated after an unknown person called in a bomb threat at one of the court buildings on Wednesday morning. The complex houses the district courts and state attorneys’ offices for the Prague 4,6,8,9 and 10 districts. More than a thousand people had to leave the buildings and the surrounding area was cordoned off until the bomb squad finished examining the whole of the complex.
Prague is preparing to remove the temporary flood walls that were set up along the Vltava river. Flooded roads and tram lines are being revitalized and clean-up work has started in the neighborhoods that were flooded. The water flow of the Vltava in the capital has gone down in the past 24 hours from 3,200 cubic meters per second to 2,500, allowing the Public Transportation Company’s employees to begin preparing the central metro station for reopening to the public, which is expected in the next two days. Five stations were reopened on Wednesday, but a number of others remain closed.
Prague Zoo welcomed visitors again on Wednesday after being forced to close by the deluge. However, only the higher parts of the zoo are open as much of its lower parts – which lie by the River Vltava – have been badly flooded. Keepers moved around 1,000 animals as the flood waters approached and reported no losses. During catastrophic floods in 2002 over 100 of Prague Zoo’s animals were killed, including an elephant and a hippopotamus.
Although water in the Labe river has stopped rising in most areas south of
Litoměřice, north Bohemian towns of Děčín and Ústí nad Labem await
the river's peak on Wednesday night and Thursday morning. Both towns have
been increasing flooded, as the Labe overflows the flood walls set up on
the embankments. Access to bridges, railroad stations and most streets
that run along the river are under water.
Distribution of electricity, gas and in some cases even running water in
parts of both
towns has been limited.
So far, this week’s floods in the Czech Republic claimed eight lives and some 19,000 people had to leave their homes. Some 31 thousand people around the country lost access to drinking water in their places of residence in the past four days, after flood water contaminated 636 wells and 72 public waterways.
The Oscar-winning filmmaker Michel Gondry will personally present his latest picture Mood Indigo at the opening of the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival on the last weekend of June, organisers said on Tuesday. Among the films in the main competition will be Czech director Jan Hřebejk’s latest movie Líbánky (Honeymoon), while Alice Nellis’s Revival and a restored version of Vojtěch Jasný’s All My Compatriots are also on the programme.
The acting mayor of Prague, Tomáš Hudeček, says the flood situation in the city has stabilised. Speaking after a meeting of the capital’s crisis committee on Tuesday, Mr. Hudeček said streams flowing into the River Vltava had receded. Officials said water levels had culminated in Prague at around 6 AM. In some parts of the city cleanup operations and the calculation of damages have begun. However, much of its underground rail network remains closed and the metro may not reopen fully until the end of the week.
Prime Minister Petr Nečas has pledged CZK 5.3 billion towards dealing with the impact of the floods. Speaking at the village of Zálezlice in central Bohemia, which was also devastated in 2002, Mr. Nečas said most of the money would come from this year’s budget, while some would be found in a fund for road and rail infrastructure. He said the country would also seek help from the EU’s Solidarity Fund and has discussed the matter with senior officials from Saxony, which has also suffered from flooding. Meanwhile, public collections have gathered around CZK 3 million for victims.
The Czech goaltender Tomáš Vokoun was benched in an NHL game for Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday that ended in a 6:1 defeat to Boston Bruins. One of the Bruins goal scorers on Monday was another Czech, forward David Krejčí, who helped the club open up a 2:0 lead on games in the Eastern Conference final.
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