Special prayers have been held across Poland after widespread flooding left at least 12 people dead.
A week of heavy rains has caused several rivers to burst their banks – in the village of Swiniary, 160 people had to be evacuated adding to the thousands nationwide who have been forced from their homes.
So far only one area of the capital, Warsaw has been affected but residents in high-risk areas have been put on standby to leave if necessary.
Warsaw’s mayor, Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz urged vigilance:
“At the moment, we are just hoping that nothing will happen, but we must be vigilant, patrolling at all times.”
Nine helicopters and over 3,000 soldiers have been deployed to help victims and to prevent further flood damage.
An estimated 2.5 billion euros worth of damage has been caused, and Poland is appealing for help from the European Union.
Several countries have already sent emergency assistance to help with evacuations and rescue efforts.