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POLAND: Flooding in Southern Poland

Heavy rainfall in the past weeks has caused floods in Southern Poland. The most affected regions include the Lesser Poland, Subcarpathian, Świętokrzyskie and Silesian Voivodeships. Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy PM Beata Szydło, and Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński took part in a Crisis Management Meeting in the Lesser Poland Voivodeship – election campaign events in the region have been postponed.

The flooding may have a significant effect on the operation of many businesses. The power supply in certain areas is expected to be cut to avoid permanent damage to the infrastructure. Furthermore, multiple roads are impassable. Damages caused by this situation will have a significant burden on the state budget, businesses, households, as well as insurance companies. In terms of the European Parliament election on Sunday, the flooding may prevent some citizens from voting. Experts argue that many people may decide not to participate in the election e.g. due to transport difficulties. The potentially diminished voter turnout may affect the outcome of the election – especially in rural areas. However, commentators also suggest that the involvement of top government officials may work to the benefit of the ruling party, especially considering that the flooding has occurred in PiS party strongholds.