EU Commissioner Georgieva Sets Out for Bulgaria's Flooded Regions

Bulgaria in EU | February 6, 2012, Monday // 19:57|  views

Bulgarian PM Boyko Borisov (front) in the flooded village of Biser in Southeast Bulgaria Monday, together with his deputy, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov (back left). A TV grab from the bTV channel

EU Commissioner for humanitarian aid Kristalina Georgieva has declared readiness to react in aid of the flooded regions of Southeastern Bulgaria that were badly affected by the breaking of local dam early on Monday.

The flooding near the southeastern Bulgarian town of Harmanli in the Haskovo District has claimed 9 lives, 5 of those in the village of Biser.

"My team is in permanent contact with the Bulgarian crisis centre regarding the Ivanovo dam burst near Biser. I am now in Bulgaria and will visit the affected area," Georgieva announced in a post on her Facebook page.

Georgieva and Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borisov are going to visit the affected regions on Wednesday, the press service of the Bulgarian government said late on Monday; Borisov and several government ministers already visited the village of Biser several hours after the collapse of the Ivanovo water reservoir dam.

During their visit on the spot, Georgieva and Borisov will seek to inspect the damages in the area in order to discuss the opportunities for aid that the European Commission can offer.

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Tags: Kristalina Georgieva, EU Commissioner, humanitarian aid, flood, flooding, floods, Harmanli, Haskovo Region, haskovo, biser, Boyko Borisov, Prime Minister


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