Land under - when nothing is the same anymore

Floods in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria

Violent rainfalls in Slovenia, Croatia and Austria caused rivers to burst their banks at the beginning of August. This was the biggest natural disaster in 30 years, flooding entire areas.

The heavy rain and floods are now being followed by landslides in various areas. Slovenia is asking for technical assistance from NATO and the EU. The list includes heavy equipment to regulate watercourses, prefabricated bridges up to 40 meters long and five military helicopters for transport.

The damage is enormous, and so are the reconstruction costs: Slovenia's Prime Minister Robert Golob expects more than 500 million euros.

Immediate response assistance is already in some of the affected areas to clear roads of washed up debris or trees, repair downed power lines and restore telecommunications. After that, the long reconstruction can begin.

The multiple district encourages all Lions who wish to donate to use the LCIF donation option and notify the LCIF coordinators of their donation:

[Donations | Lions Clubs International]

⇒ Disaster Relief Fund

The Lions International Fund is already coordinating relief efforts with Lions clubs in the affected areas.

If you have any questions, please contact your district LCIF coordinator:

District East: DG Dominik Guler,

District Centro: Michael Marugg,

District West: Thomas Wittlin,

How does a landslide occur?

1. heavy rainfall hits parched soil

2. water works between fine soil grains

3. debris loosens and goes down into the valley

4. softened soil slides into the valley