Kristalina Georgieva: No danger of floods in Bulgaria

The Danube would peak around June 13 and 14 in the region of Bulgaria and Romania but there was no danger of flooding in that area, according to European Commissioner for International Co-operation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva.

The countries already affected by the floods – Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Slovakia, had contacted her team, requesting satellite information and an analysis of the impact of the floods, as well as a forecast of how they would develop, Georgieva said.

While there were victims and damage was extensive, this year investments in preventive activities had produced results, she said, quoted by local news agency Focus.

Currently, preventive evacuation was ongoing in Hungary, Georgieva said.

She said that the level of the Danube River would peak on June 9 – 10 in Hungary and around June 13-14 in the region of Bulgaria and Romania.

In spite of the statement by EU Budget Commissioner Janusz Lewandowski that the EU had no money for the countries affected by floods, Georgieva said that there were funds available as the money would not come from the EU budget, but from the EU solidarity fund.


(Photo: EC Audiovisual Service)



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