Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Major Storms Cause Floods In Bulgaria

Having had a weekend of major storms causing havoc in Skalitsa village. With that experience at the time, we didn't think it could get any worse that what we got, but other areas have been hit harder obviously. I saw vast and open fields of sunflowers and sweet corn flattened on the journey back to Yambol city just south of Sliven one of the worst hit areas. Luckily most of the wheat and barley crops had already been harvested over the last couple of weeks.

Major Storms Cause Floods In Bulgaria
Situation in the country is getting to normal after heavy rains. It is raining only in the town of Sliven. Rains in the rest of the country stopped hours ago. Roads are dry and passable.

Heavy rains, hailstorm and hurricane winter have caused lots of damages in Smolayn district, Civil Protection National Service-Smolyan press office informed.
Traffic along Devin road in hampered. Crops in the villages Momchilovtsi, Sokolovtsi and Bolstina were destroyed by the hailstorm.

The heavy rain and hurricane wind caused damages in several places in Banite municipality.

Three teams of Civil Protection National Service attended rescue operations. Thus situation is under control now.

Floods could occur Smolyan district due to the heavy rains in the Rhodopes. Mayor of the district Dora Yankova called crisis staff in reference to complicated situation.
She appealed to citizens before FOCUS Radio-Smolyan to get ready to join rescue operations. She also appealed to citizens who live near rivers and water basins to be very careful, to watch closely water level and to evacuate if it rises.
Yankova also called on companies to draw out cars and technique along river valleys or near them.

Officers on duty in the municipality building would receive citizens’ signals the whole night long and will help if necessary.

Levels of all rivers have risen due to heavy rains.

Heaviest rains have fallen in the region of the towns of Oryahovo and Knezha, respectively 48 liters/m2 and 41 liters/m2, National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology with the Bulgarian Academy of Science informed.
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