Situation in Bulgaria's Flooded Regions Remains Adverse

Environment | December 8, 2014, Monday // 08:34|  views

A state of emergency was declared In the municipality of Galabovo, where hundreds of houses were flooded.

The situation remains adverse in all parts of Bulgaria that have suffered from the torrential rains in the last days.

The Ministry of Environment and Water warned on Sunday that the levels of Maritsa river, in its middle and lower course, and that of river Tundzha are to remain high until December 12.

Streets and ground floors of residential buildings have been flooded in the town of Yambol, private NOVA television station reports.

The situation is worst in the town of Elhovo, where the level of river Tundzha reached a record level of 4.26 metres on Sunday afternoon.

The industrial zone, several streets and houses along the river were flooded, with boats becoming the main means of transport.

Several citizens of Elhovo protested that the discharge of the nearby Zhrebchevo dam coincided with the heavy rainfalls.

Despite this, evacuation in Elhovo was not necessary.

Although electricity in the region of Galabovo was restored on Saturday, street lighting had to be switched off, as the flooded substation was working to its limits, Focus news agency reported.

Amidst rain and fog, technicians are continuing the repair of the conductor, that have left ten villages in Vidin municipality without electricity for a week.

According to forecasts of the Ministry of Environment and Water and the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, river levels are to recede until noon on Monday.

However as result of renewed rainfall, their levels are set to increase anew from Monday evening.

On Tuesday the weather will remain cloudy, in some parts of the country intensive rainfall is to occur, while snow is expected in higher places.

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Tags: Bulgaria, weather, flood, rainfall, Maritsa, Tundzha, Yambol, Elhovo, Galabovo, Vidin


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