May 23rd, 2010
02:05 PM ET

Poland flooding causes deaths, official says

At least 12 people died and thousands were affected when heavy rains caused three Polish rivers to flood, according to a Polish Defense Ministry spokesman.

The rains over the past week caused the Vistula, Odra and Warta rivers to flood, affecting some 20,000 people, according to the spokesman, Wieslaw Grzegorzewski.

Nine helicopters, more than 3,800 soldiers and 35 special boats were being used to help flooding victims, he said, and the ministry was doing its best to prevent further flooding damage.

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  1. dzony szalony

    glupoty piszecie

    May 23, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bartosz

    w sensie że oni, prawda dzony ??

    May 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. dzony szalony

    zgadza sie jakby CNN nie mialo co robic tylko piszac wypracowania o powodzi w Polsce, jest wiele innych wiadomosci na swiecie, waznych i mniej waznych i gdyby CNN mialo o wszystim sie rozpisywac to bylby to jeden wielki smietnik, a prawda jest taka ze sa inne portale na ktoruch mozna sie dowiedziec o powodzi w polsce, wiec po co te pretensje

    May 23, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Viper from Poland

    Fighting on flood more one week, Maybe 12 kills is too small, to intresting...... Better writting on play golf Obaba...... Wake up polish nations

    May 23, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Max Kieturakis

    Of course this is major Polish news, but comparing this to Katrina is horrible. Katrina was a much larger tragedy than this flooding. Also newsflash, I don't understand why Polish people believe they are so important to everything in this world that everyone has to report what is going on in Poland. The honest truth is, many people really don't care about a flood in Poland, and don't really care about Poland itself. Which is why they don't know where Poland is on the map.

    Thought I might add I'm Polish.

    May 23, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Agnieszka

    I am really suprise that there is not a lot of coverage about flood in Poland. Maybe 13 deaths
    (according to polish radio RMF FM) doesn`t make a big number for CNN. Why is it that if any kind of tragedy happens in USA, in Poland you can find a lot of coverage?

    May 23, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. David

    This is indeed a huge story that need to be covered in more detail. Not because Poland is important or unimportant, but simply because of the huge scale of this natural phenomenon. The floods hit not only Poland but also the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary and Serbia causing deaths in all the mentioned countries! And again I understand "12 deaths" is not very exciting for people anymore, since it happens daily all over the globe...but the point is that this is one more very brutal sign of climate change. In Europe, floods usually occur in spring after the huge amounts of ice melts in the mountains, but this time it was caused by only 3 days of rain!! I'm in Hungary and while my country was the least affected among the mentioned countries, in some parts of the country more rain fell in 3 days than it usually does in 3 we can continue ignoring the signs of climate change but if we don't drastically change our lifestyles in the developed world, this is only going to get worse and worse....

    May 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wojtek

    troche sie zgadzam z Panem wyżej. wiadomo, dotkneła nas tragedia, dobrze jeśli na świecie sie o tym mówi. ale czy nie przesadzacie? widzieliscie na polskich stronach albo w tv jakies info o katastrofie samolotu w indiach? to wszystko na ten temat...

    May 23, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kasia

    come on people! there is so much going on in the world. volcano eruptions, airplane crashes, icc's decisions, genocides still taking place. what's happening in poland is very tragic, but i was there when katrina hit new orleans and one should not even begin to compare. don't get me wrong, i wish the rain would stop falling, but you cannot expect everything to be covered by an international (even us based) media. like someone here already said, polish channels such as tvn24 are taking full advantage of this natural disaster. plus, if you'd gone to the vistula river during the weekend you'd noticed a lot of people taking photos and drinking beer. if we, polish people, cannot treat this catastrophe with respect, why do you expect foreigners to do so?

    May 23, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  10. ania ny

    poland is not israel, or germany or france.... that's why.... yesterday i tried to find something about this devastating flood on nbs / msnbc – no luck. I sent them email. guess what? today, there are plenty of pictures, and articles about it. cnn disappoints very often. pani kasiu, kathrina affected only new orleans and surrounding areas, which is 1/100ths of the country. with the giant us economy, people affected still live in trailers. flood in poland covers 14 of 16 states. didn't it deserve coverage? you do the math...
    we will rebuild way faster. we are polish.

    May 23, 2010 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Pole from USA

    You fellow poles always got to be not satisfied with something in life,... if it's not A it's B if not B than A,...what the heck people change your aditutes , you seem so grumpy it's a shame. CNN can but doesn't have to report on all things out there. If you are a real news junkie a real truth seeker anyways you wouldn't stick just to one news source out there of one certain country(especially your own), you'd go and seek news from all around the globe and than make your opinions.
    Peace & Understanding to all.

    May 23, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Damião Carlos

    Unfortunately we are destroying the world, day after day the temperature is getting warm and warm

    May 23, 2010 at 10:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. marian

    za malo pisza o powodzi w polsce, oni uwazaja nasz kraj za kraj 3 swiata, bo takim jestesmy, a jesli wygra bronek k to juz nie bedzie po co tam wracach, trzeba bedzie tu zostac , a ameryka przeciez bankrut jest, glosujcie na jarka k 20 czerwca

    May 23, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Maria

    I am very disappointed with CNN. There was not enough coverage on flood in Poland. Three years ago, when Anna Nicole Smith died, there was several days’ coverage on her death. What did she do to deserve to be on CNN Breaking News? As to comment made by pole from USA , I disagree with this person’s statement completely. When you look at comments people posted, it has nothing to do being dissatisfied, but being concern. As for news junkie, wouldn’t that be nice to know what is going on in this world?

    May 24, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
    • K.

      I'd just like to direct your attention to what Poland did with for examle the earthquake in China – all there was on the news for a week was pictures of the late president and reports related to that topic, they didn't even mention China, CNN on the other hand had very good coverage of both events. Stop complaining, people, get your asses to the volounteers central and start bagging some sand or make a donation and let CNN cover what they decide is best since it worked out just fine so far. Plus The Czech Republic is flooded too and I don't see them complaining. And yes, I'm Polish and I live here.

      May 24, 2010 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. wojciech

    Oh well, real journalism and deep information are in internet forums and blogs now. TV and CNN is like dinosaur... Twenty years ago we just didn't know what we didn't know. Now when we can see everything after couple of hours or sometimes even minutes on youtube we can see how slow TV info is. Just throw away your TV set people, it is not worth it 🙂

    PS. Flood in Wroclaw area and Odra basin wasn't so bad at least for now, much less damage than in 97'. Flood on Vistula is another story.

    May 24, 2010 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
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