Flooded Greece, Turkey Furious over Bulgaria

Politics | March 16, 2006, Thursday // 00:00| Views: | Comments: 0
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Greece and Turkey have accused Bulgaria of failing to meet its trans-border engagements on early warning of possible floods.

Greek Ambassador to Sofia, Prokopios Mantzouranis has called to Bulgarian authorities to adopt all necessary measures to curb the water volume entering his country through the rivers of Arda, Maritsa (Evros) and Erythropotamos.

With a demarche delivered earlier this week to the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry, the Greek diplomat requested that the release of river waters ending up in Greece should be suspended for at least 24 hours.

The Bulgarian side has assured its southern neighbour it does anything necessary to rein the situation.

Farmland and villages in southern Bulgaria and northern Greece were badly affected by the massive flooding, triggered by heavy snow and rainfall during the week.

Meanwhile, Turkey has announced it was working with neighbouring Bulgaria on an early flood warning system. Turkish troops and emergency services have battled flood waters in the border town of Edirne.

Bulgarian officials said 13 dams in the south of the country near the Greek and Turkish borders were overflowing. Scores of people have had to leave their homes and farmland.

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