Danube floods

Increased resilience for a Hungarian ferry station
Malteser Hungary ©
Malteser Hungary ©
Malteser Hungary ©
The island of Szentendre is located to the north of Budapest, Hungary, in the plain of the Danube highly susceptible to flooding.
The livelihoods of islanders living on Szentendre are highly dependent on the network of ferry services that connect it to the mainland – and on a fully functioning ferry station at Szigetmonostor in particular.
jti foundation allocation
CHF 50,000
timeline
2013 - 2014
implementing partner
Hungarian Maltese Charity Service

Floods in spring of 2013 caused considerable hardship to residents of the island. In good times, the Szigetmonostor ferry station that forms the hub of a network of local boat services, runs for 19 hours a day, carrying around 1,000 passengers.

This project, implemented by the Hungarian Maltese Charity Service, funded the demolition of the flood-damaged structure – and the design and construction of a new, more flood-resistant ferry station for the islanders.

A fully functioning ferry station provides a much-needed boost to the rehabilitation of the local economy – including tourism, which is a critical source of income for the community – particularly in the summer months. It’s partial destruction caused especially severe economic disruption to the island – and made rebuilding it a priority for the local community.

The new ferry station was built on stilts, and raised 40 centimeters above the highest previously recorded flood level, to improve its resilience to future flooding.

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