Code Yellow Remains in Bulgaria, Danube, Dam Waters RiseEnvironment | April 8, 2013, Monday // 08:04| views
Bulgaria is bracing for a day of heavy rain, according to the national weather forecast. Photo by BGNES
Code yellow has been declared Monday in Bulgaria due to heavy downpours, the National Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, BAS, has announced.
Code yellow is effective in the regions of Pleven, Lovech, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Kardzhali, Haskovo, Stara Zagora, Yambol, Sliven, Burgas, Varna, Shumen, Dobrich, Silistra, Razgrad, Targovishte, Veliko Tarnovo and Gabrovo, where up to 20 liters of rain per square meter are expected..
Western Bulgaria is under code green. The precipitations are expected to subside by the evening.
In southern Bulgaria, Dospat dam waters raised their level over 95% and the dam overflowed. The situation, however, is reported to be under control and nearby towns and villages are not in danger. Water levels of the Vacha and Krichim cascades are going up, but they still have some room.
The Maritsa and Tundzha rivers are expected to reach critical levels by Wednesday. Authorities are carefully monitoring the Danube river as well, where flooding is possible near the town of Svishtov. The level of the Danube is expected to rise yet, and to reach maximum volume Tuesday.