Emergency declared in Bulgarian Black Sea resort Primorsko after heavy rains cause flooding

A state of emergency was declared in the Bulgarian Black Sea summer holiday resort town of Primorsko on July 16 after heavy rain caused flooding and led to the temporarily closure of the road between Primorsko and Sozopol.

Primorsko mayor Dimitar Germanov said that there was flooding in the town of Primorsko and the villages of Yasna Polyana and Veselie.

The Ropotamo river had overflowed in some places, trees had fallen and basements of some of the houses and hotels in the lower part of Primorsko had flooded, the mayor said.

No injuries were reported.

Separate local media reports said that more that 70 residential and hotel buildings were flooded while the ground floor of the municipal kindergarten was under water.

Municipal crisis staff said that there was currently no danger of the Yasna Polyana dam overflowing. The dam had not reached critical level and was under constant surveillance, officials said.

The Dyavolska River also was reported to have overflowed during the overnight thunderstorm.

The Road Infrastructure Agency said that motorists intending to travel between Sozopol and Primorsko should use a bypass route via Tsarevo.



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