A Roma settlement in Jarovnice is separated from the rest of Slovakian
neighbours by a stream which is contains waste disposals, as waste
collection services are denied for the Roma . Moreover, there is
also a municipal waste disposal situated close to the settlement .
The Roma settled in the area after the Word War II, just next next to forests, in the middle of fields or on river banks: these were the only places where they were allowed to settle down and start over . But their neighbourhood until today (2019) is dotted with poverty and institutional deprivation and oppression . The Roma do not have access to clean water either and the stream on their side is polluted and filled with waste   . Additionally, wooden toilets are build on the bank of the river, and the waste goes directly into the river waters . The Roma collect and use the polluted water, because there is no other water available for them  .
Furthermore, mismanagement of near forests and water catchment areas, clear cutting and illegal logging are environmental problems with impacts on the water- retention capacity in the area contributing to flood intensity, to which Roma settlements are exposed to as well . In 1998, there was a flooding period in which 48 people died. But 45 people from the 48 were Roma .
The settlement is built on land which cannot be classified as a wetland; it is solid ground. But, digging a hole deeper than a meter would be immediately flooded by groundwater, and thus is not suitable for construction of normal bricked or wooden houses requiring a solid basement . On the muddy ground, the Roma live in shacks on an adjacent field . A rickety steel bridge connects two sides of the settlement, where Roma children often play .
Approximately 400 Roma live on this small "island" in the lower part of the village. Approximately 25 huts, mud houses and shelters occupy a 200 m3 space on the "island" . Since a landfill for municipal waste is located on the slope area. Hence, the space is overcrowded and the soil and water are likely contaminated from landfill runoff .