VIDEO: Stormy Jugo Batters Mljet National Park, Damage Inflicted

Lauren Simmonds

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As Morski/Daina Dabelic writes on the 13th of November, 2019, hurricane-like storms and a fierce jugo wind that has been giving the Dalmatian coast an intense beating over the last few days has unfortunately knocked down a large number of trees in Mljet National Park.

The nature conservation services of NP Mljet, the Montokuc DVD and the Mljet JVP (fire departments) were engaged in trying to keep on top of and clear the devastated trees yesterday and that action has continued on into today in order to attempt to keep roads and promenades open and clear, especially in case of emergencies, the likelihood of which is of course heightened in these adverse conditions.

”Our services will have a lot of work to do in the coming days as well, given the number of trees that have been taken down, while only the trees which have fallen on the most essential areas are currently being removed.

Stormy jugo winds have also dragged in large amounts of waste from the seashore, which will all need to be rehabilitated over the coming months. The damage to the coastal walls and docks will be assessed after the withdrawal of the sea, as will the ecological dam in the Soline channel, which protects Mljet’s lakes from the pollution of waste being dragged in from out at sea.

Major damage to the vessels which belong to this Mljet-based institution and the island’s inhabitants has been prevented by great efforts and the 24-hour on-call duty shift from Mljet’s park ranger and the technical service.

”We’re afraid that such storms, and as such necessary interventions like these will become more and more frequent as a consequence of climate change that we’re now experiencing, and each of us should think about how we can help to try to ensure a better tomorrow together,” they say from the beloved Mljet National Park.

Watch the video of the intense storms here:

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