Bulgaria’s Cabinet said on August 17 that it was sending humanitarian assistance worth about 120 000 leva (about 61 000 euro) to the Republic of Macedonia to overcome the consequences of the deadly floods that hit the country on August 6 and 7.
In the floods, at least 21 people died, many were injured and there was substantial property damage. Hardest-hit were capital city Skopje and the region of Tetevo.
During the disaster, rain was reported by officials to have fallen at a rate of 93 litres a square metres over two hours in Skopje, the equivalent of the amount of rainfall in a month. In place, floodwaters reached a height of 1.5 metres. Skopje’s mayor described the catastrophic floods as unprecedented in the city.
Bulgaria’s government said in a statement after the Cabinet meeting that the humanitarian aid was in the form of equipment such as tents, cots, rubber boots, protective kits, cable and electronic network equipment, shovels, rakes, pickaxes, buckets and wheelbarrows, disinfectants and cleaning materials, latex gloves, water pumps, fuels, mineral water and baby nappies.
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