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8,2 million cubic meters of wood from the 45,000 hectares were torn apart by storms in Poland

8,2 million cubic meters of wood from the 45,000 hectares were torn apart by storms in Poland
In a single weekend, tens of thousands of trees were torn apart by storms in Poland, and the losses are major. This is the most serious disaster in the history of Polish, perhaps even European, forests.

The damage is all the more, especially because it has led to deaths and thousands of homes deteriorated. Many of these have been caused by frequent treefalls around Narodowy Park Bory Tucholskie (national park of peat and pine forests). Storms killed 6 people and injured another 54, including 15 firefighters. About 4,400 buildings have been damaged, including over 3,000 residential buildings. In most regions in the north and west of the country, high-voltage lines have been broken. The town of Elbalg, east of the National Park, reported a sudden increase in the wind at 151 km / h before midnight.

Insurance companies may have to pay 93 million euros to compensate for the damage. Homeowners may count on insurers, but also on government helpers (for 50-70% of affected owners are insured). The first payments have already been directed to the bank accounts of the victims.

According to Konrad Tomaszewski (head of forestry services), losses amount to 8.2 million cubic meters of wood on an area of 45,000 hectares of forest, about a quarter of the annual crop cut out in the country. Hundreds of pines with a deep root have been cut in one direction. This is typical of a straight breeze of the wind, not a tornado.

The disaster is accompanied by a dose of criticism of the Polish government, due to the logging in the Bialowieza forest, the oldest forest in Europe. UNESCO opposed these actions in the European Court of Justice and ordered the immediate closure of large-scale operations. The Polish government responded by saying that forest exploitation was necessary to protect the forest from an infestation of the trees with the bark beetle. In any case, Bialowieza (located in the east) was not affected by storms, which mainly hit the northern and western regions of the country.

Although Warsaw and Brussels are currently in contradiction, Poland asks for European Union aid (by calling for the Solidarity Fund) to address the consequences of strong storms.

It seems that it will take 2 years for the forests to be cleared of debris and the trees to be replanted. But, it takes decades for natural wildlife habitats to be rebuilt. Anna Malinowska (spokesman for forest service) believes that it will take 80 or even 100 years for forest areas destroyed within hours of the storm to recover.

8,2 million cubic meters of wood from the 45,000 hectares were torn apart by storms in Poland
8,2 million cubic meters of wood from the 45,000 hectares were torn apart by storms in Poland
8,2 million cubic meters of wood from the 45,000 hectares were torn apart by storms in Poland
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