A 20-year-old woman died in hospital on March 14 2013 after being hit by scaffolding swept by storm winds in the Bulgarian town of Gabrovo, as parts of the country were hit by severe windy weather.
Nine teams of the District Directorate Fire Safety and Civil Protection were working on dealing with storm damage and a state of emergency had been declared in Gabrovo, local news agency Focus said.
Town mayor Tanya Hristova said that wind speeds were exceeding 120km/h. Weather forecasters said that on March 15, winds were expected to strengthen.
Schools would be closed throughout Gabrovo municipality on March 15, authorities said.
Hristova called on people to stay indoors and especially not to attempt driving in the territory of the municipality.
Electricity was cut off in the municipality of Tryavna.
Emergency teams from the electricity distributor were working in the area, having been dispatched from other towns.
Bulgaria’s Interior Ministry’s press said that most requests for assistance were received from the districts of Gabrovo, Veliko Turnovo, Plovdiv and Kurdjali. The ministry called on people in those districts to stay home or remain at secure locations.
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