Bulgarian Village Hitrino a Week After the Blast: Still a Dangerous Place

Written by on December 19, 2016 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

Eight days after a freight train derailment in the Bulgarian village of Hitrino, which led to the explosion of a gas tank, killed seven people, injured 29 and destroyed 26 houses, the scene of the accident is still a danger zone.

Experts and firefighters wanted to drain another two gas tanks on Sunday, and four more during the week. The tanks in question did derail as well, on their freight train cars, without exploding. Since Saturday, December 10th, 2016, when the accident happened, the fire brigade has been trying to avoid additional explosions successfully.

Fire chief Nikolai Nikolov said, the situation continued to be extremely dangerous. At this stage, he was not able to say when the residents of the village would be allowed to return. The latter seem to be becoming impatient.

Bulgaria’s outgoing Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was in Hitrino twice this past weekend. He told the residents that everything was being done to overcome the consequences of the tragic accident. The 770 helpers on site were even feeding the animals in the village.

Today, officials will have a meeting with the surviving Hitrino residents, at the community center in the neighbouring village Timarevo, during which they are supposed to be informed about the air, water and soil quality in Hitrino, after the explosion.

The accident in Hitrino was one of the worst train disasters in Bulgaria’s history. Millions of Leva have been collected and promised by religious organizations, the Bulgarian Red Cross, companies and the government.

By im.

Photo: Bulgarian Interior Ministry

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe

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