Emergency services, energy providers and fire fighters are dealing with the
damage caused by the gale-force winds that hit the Czech Republic on Sunday
afternoon and evening.
The highest wind speed was recorded at the peak of the country’s highest mountain, Sněžka, in the Krkonoše Mountains, where it reached 223 kilometres per hour.
Fallen trees complicated rail and road traffic in many parts of the country and thousands of households still remain without electricity, mainly in the west of the country.
Czech Ester Ledecká came third in a World Cup combined event in Switzerland’s Crans Montana on Sunday. The 24-year-old came fourth in the super-G and sixth in the slalom. It is the third time Ledecká reached the podium in a World Cup skiing event. The winner was Italian Federica Brignone, who currently leads the World Cup overall standings.
A six-year-old Czech boy succumbed to fatal injuries after a fall in the
Austrian Alps on Saturday evening, the APA agency reported.
The boy slipped and fell from about 60 meters onto rocky terrain while descending the Drachenwand mountain by Lake Mondsee with his parents and a family friend.
According to the mountain rescue service, the Drachenwand ferrata trail is very difficult and it is only suitable for adults.
A plane with Czech humanitarian aid for China took off from Vienna on
Sunday, foreign minister Tomáš Petříček informed on is Twitter
account. The Czech Republic sent 4.5 tonnes of medical equipment to tackle
the coronavirus epidemic in the country, including in facemasks,
respirators, latex gloves, disinfectants and protective medical uniforms.
The consignment was shipped on a plane together with aid from other EU
The government on Monday approved the sending of another humanitarian aid consignment with over seven tonnes of medical equipment, which should be transported to China on an army plane at the end of the month.
Temperatures in the Czech Republic should remain considerably higher than
average for the time of year in the next four weeks. The long-term average
for the period from February 24 to March 22 is 2.7 degrees Celsius but in
the next fortnight we can expect day-time highs of around 9 degrees
Despite the unseasonably warm weather, mountain areas could see some fresh snow in the next two weeks. According to a long-term forecast issued by the Czech Hydro-Meteorological Institute, precipitation will be average for the time of year.
Czech Barbora Strýcová and her doubles partner Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan
have defended their doubles title at the Dubai championships, scoring their
second trophy of the season.
The top-seeded duo defeated the Czech-Chinese couple Barbora Krejčíková and Zheng Saisai 7-5, 3-6, 10-5 in a nearly two-hour match in Saturday, reaching their seventh joint title.
The Czech Republic’s Ester Ledecká finished fifth in the second downhill
of the Alpine Skiing World Cup at Switzerland’s Crans Montana on
Saturday. It is the fifth time the Czech skier finished in the top ten this
The race was won by the Swiss Lara Gut-Behrami, who crossed the line in 1: 27.73. Her compatriot Corinne Suter finished in the second place, and currently leads the Downhill standing on Ester Ledecká by 155 points.
A mass was celebrated in the Želiv monastery on Saturday to commemorate
the victims of the communist regime. The mass, celebrated by Hradec
Králové bishop Jan Vokál, was part of a two-day conference focusing on
Josef Toufar, a priest tortured to death by the communist secret police for
allegedly faking a “miracle”.
The Monastery in Želiv was turned into an internment camp in the 1950s. Over 460 priests ad monks were imprisoned there, including Cardinal František Tomášek and Archbishop Karel Otčenášek.