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20.06.2014 15:59
Heavy Floods Hit Northeastern Bulgaria
More than 10 casualties have been reported so far, emergency units are working to restore roads and electricity

  • PM Plamen Oresharski (center) at Asparuhovo on Friday morning
    © Press office of the Bulgarian government

Heavy precipitations exceeding by far the average for June caused severe floods in Northeastern Bulgaria. Considerable damage to infrastructure, real estate and cars, as well as lack of electricity supply have been reported in Veliko Tarnovo, Dobrich and Varna. 10 casualties in Varna’s residential area of Asparuhovo have been confirmed so far, where flood torrents from higher southern hill areas destroyed the pavement of the main route and dragged a number of vehicles in the waters of the nautical canal linking Varna Lake with the Black Sea and blocked thousands of residents in their houses and apartment buildings. National media reported that Asparuhovo bridge linking the southern residential areas to the rest of the city has been re-opened to circulation.

High-level officials, including PM Plamen Oresharski, also arried in Asparuhovo in order to supervise rescue operations and cleaning up of debris. Varna mayor Ivan Portnih said that earlier last night communication with the central authorities in Sofia was impossible.

An SMS donation telephone number has been open since Friday morning. Texts DMS VARNA can be sent at 17 777 at the price of BGN 1 for all subscribers of Bulgarian mobile operators.

Two casualties have been reported in Dobrich.

As of late on Thursday electricity supply to Varna’s most impacted areas has been temporarily cut uff until safe levels of the water are restored. One substation in Asparuhovo has been completely destroyed by the torrents and debris, another one being inaccessible due to the accumulation of mud. Fifteen emergency units of electric utility Energo-Pro, subsidiary of the Czech company of the same name, have been deployed to assess the damages on electricity infrastructure and take measures to restore the supply where possible. Local authorities warned of electricity supply intermittence during the next days and called for patience due to the extremely heavy conditions emergency units; rescuers and the police and military are working under to gain control over the situation.

TAGS: flood | Bulgaria | Varna | storm | electricity | Energo-pro | Bulgaria | natural disaster | casualties | debris | torrents | Asparuhovo 

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