State of Emergency Declared in Many Regions of Bulgaria, Heavy Rains Caused Massive Power Outage
More than 100 residential areas in the northwestern regions of Bulgaria were left without power last night owing to the damage caused by the heavy rains. Energy company crews are making repairs and work will continue until power supply is restored.
The situation is most severe in western Bulgaria.
According to the information of CEZ power distribution company, without power supply this morning are: the municipalities of Bregovo, Kula and Novo Selo in Vidin region; municipalities of Berkovitsa, Varshets and Chiprovtsi in Montana region; in Sofia region without electricity are the municipalities of Godets, Gorna Malina, Dragoman, Kostinbrod, Svoge and Slivnitsa.
In Sofia, without electricity were those living in "Zaharna Fabrika". There are also problems with the power supply in Vratsa and Mezdra and the surrounding villages.
A state of emergency was declared in the municipalities of Strumiani and Tran. The Bulgaria-Greece gas pipeline was threatened in the region of Strumjani Municipality because of the heavy rains.
The Erma River has overflown its banks, in Batanovtsi more than 25 residents had to be evacuatedbecause of the floods and there were drowned animals. Under a partial state of emergency are Pernik and Radomir. The amount of water that is released from the Studena Dam has doubled.
The situation in the villages around Sofia remains complicated. There was a risk that entire villages would be flooded, but the situation is under control, there is no danger for people, said Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova.
There are flooded houses in the Novi Iskar area. The damage worth will be reported within the day, but the level of rivers should drop, fire crews have been working through the night building up dykes.
The primary task today is to drain off the road section under the Kurillo bridge to restore the traffic of buses there. They are still running along a bypass route, rescue teams are also working in Miroviane to help people. Currently, teams are heading to the Novi Iskar area to build dykes also in Trebich.
Kostinbrod is also under emergency situation because of the heavy rains that flooded houses and yards. Yesterday, in just a few hours, the water flooded streets and yards in the Kostinbrod village of Petarch. The locals had to help elderly people trapped in the flooded houses.
Dangerous rise in the levels of the Struma and Mestarivers have registered the control institutions in Blagoevgrad region. Rainfalls and fast snowmelting in the mountains continue.
Dams are filling up. Crisis Headquarters coordinates protection actions and helps victims. The severe weather further complicated the road situation - the Petrohan Pass remained closed, trees fell on the road between Pamporovo and Smolyan and blocked traffic.
Heavy rainfall is also expected today, mainly in the southern parts of the country. For six areas in the southeast Code Orange is declared with an expected rainfall of over 50 liters per square meter. Wet snow will fall in the northwest, as temperatures in the morning will be in the dangerous range, prompting possible ice-frosting.
Traffic on the road Blagoevgrad - Kresna, at km 392, is directed temporarily in one lane due to the landslide. There is also a landslide on the road Asenovgrad - Bachkovo. Drivers need to move with caution and appropriate speed, road police advise.
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