Croatian capital Zagreb battled widespread flooding on Friday night, July 24, 2020, following torrential rains and strong winds that left the city in chaos. The emergency department received more than 1 000 calls from the public as the city was submerged underwater, stranding many motorists on the road and residents in their homes.
Torrential rains struck the city around 19:00 UTC (21:00 LT), triggering extensive floods. According to the Zagreb Emergency Management Office, the Fire Brigade conducted more than 80 interventions by midnight and accommodated more than 1 000 emergency calls.
One firefighter died during an intervention.
Among the worst-hit areas was the underpass on Miramarska street, where three vehicles were trapped underwater. A number of voluntary fire brigades and officials attended to call-outs.
Much of the interventions were technical and required a machine to pump water out of roads and from basements.
Traffic came to a standstill on the main Ilica street, while British Square was entirely inundated. Trams also stopped running around parts of the capital.
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