1,200 Tourists Evacuated in Bulgaria's Albena Resort

Society | June 21, 2014, Saturday // 10:52| Views: | Comments: 2
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Some 1200 tourists in Bulgaria's Black Sea resort of Albena have been evacuated from hotels located near the Balata Reserve due to the risk of flooding from the Batovska river.

No guests of the resort have been injured, Vesti.bg reports.

Meanwhile, a man has been rescued in the Albena resort during a low-level flight of two Cougar helicopters of the Bulgarian Air Force who found him standing on the roof of a van in the rising waters, Friday.

The two helicopters have managed to evacuate a total of 94 persons from the flooded eastern Bulgarian regions of Varna and Balchik. There were many foreign tourists among the rescued.

According to the pilots of the Cougars, approximately one-third of Varna and Albena are under water, Nova TV reports. There are many destroyed houses and hotels due to the floods.

So far, the helicopters have performed eight air evacuations of people in the flooded areas.

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Andrei77 - 21 Jun 2014 // 17:57:04

Genie you are right. This is appalling. There are 1000 Romanian tourists in Albena, in the situation you described (pretty close to the figure of this incompetent news article). Our tourism minister went there on an emergency visit and the whole situation is front page and breaking news on all major media. I was always puzzled about the russian and UK tourist euphoria on this media despite the fact the Romanians are actually some of the most (if not The most) numerous tourist group in your country (myself included). Maybe this summer is booked but I hope that my co-nationals will have the dignity to penalize with their absence this indecent treatment in the next season.

Genie - 21 Jun 2014 // 14:01:48

What your authorities did was to evacuate only the Russian and German tourists! There are more than 200 Romanian tourists in Albena right now, many of them not being able to leave because their cars are damaged in the floodings. They too paid for their vacations, and only received a poor sandwich and 1/2 lt of water in USED plastic bottles.
Aren't Romanian money good for your tourism too? They are calling Romanian authorities and newspapers, complaining they were left there. Even the hotel staff was evacuated. Roads to Albena are blocked, so no cars/buses/rescue cars can enter. When will you write about this unbelievable and racist "evacuation" the Bulgarian authorities did? I hope all those paying Romanian tourists will sue Albena JSCo when they get home. I will help spread the word about how you treated these tourists whose only guilt was being in a racist discriminating Albena when the floods started.

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