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Floods and State of Emergency in Northwestern Bulgaria

The declared state of emergency remains in force in the municipalities of Berkovitsa and Georgi Damyanovo after yesterday’s torrential rains. At the moment, there are no people in distress, said the mayor of Berkovitsa Dimitranka Kamenova.

The disaster caused damage to the infrastructure in some areas, there are flooded houses and yards.

In Berkovitsa, two kindergartens, a school and the premises of the local police department were also affected.

The road surface was destroyed, over 100 reports of flooded objects were received. Due to the danger of a dam overflowing, a preventive evacuation of residents of the Montana village of Klisuritsa was carried out.

The director of the National Fire Service Chief Commissioner Alexander Zhartov commented:

In general, the situation at the Klisuritsa dam was critical, where there was a danger that the dam wall would overflow, but we have a team with a hydraulic pump and at the moment there is no longer any danger. We are working in Berkovitsa, there are many teams on site with pumps“.

In the flooded Botevgrad village of Vrachesh, a tour is to be conducted today to determine the damage. This was explained to the National Radio by the mayor of the settlement, Marin Bonchovski.

Around 100 houses were flooded. By late night, almost everything had been drained. The roads are passable. Some basements remain flooded.

There was a lot of water. A huge amount. It has been raining here for a whole month. The ground was wet, there is nowhere for the water to go. Suddenly, in a short time, a lot of rain poured down. In the lowest part, people suffered,” the mayor described the situation.

Prime Minister Nikolay Denkov ordered military personnel and equipment of the Bulgarian army to also be involved in overcoming the consequences of the flood in Berkovitsa.

Source: Novinite