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Official: After weekend storm, lives, property protected

The Hungarian authorities have successfully protected lives and property after the past weekend's storm during which a month's worth of rain deluged most of the country, a government official said on Tuesday.

Investments in flood protection, firming up dams and new equipment for disaster prevention were instrumental in protection efforts, Bence Retvari, interior ministry parliamentary state secretary told a press conference.

The government has set aside a force majeure fund of 2.6 billion forints (EUR 6.7m) available to local councils that submit claims within seven days of a natural disaster, he noted.

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