Emergency declared in three Sofia municipalities after torrential rain

A state of emergency has been declared in three municipalities in the Sofia region after the thunderstorm and torrential rain on the night of June 18, Sofia regional administration said.

An emergency was declared after the municipalities of Chavdar, Mirkovo and Zlatitsa were hit by heavy rain, hail and strong wind, causing damage including fallen electricity poles.

In Chavdar, there was damage to roofs and some trees were blown over. One injury was reported, of a person hit by falling roof tiles.

The village of Kliment in the Karlovo area also saw serious damage, including flooding of basements in several buildings after a river overflowed. Village mayor Mano Manov said that the storm had caused major damage to buildings, barns and sheds.

Hail damaged crops and the harvest in many parts of Bulgaria, television station bTV said on June 19.

Areas of three municipalities in the Bourgas region – Primorsko, Malko Turnovo and Pomorie – had power cuts after the storms. The power distribution company deployed teams to restore electricity supply to the affected places.

(Photo: Thomas Bush/sxc.hu)



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