State of emergency in two Bulgarian villages after heavy rain

A state of emergency continued to be in force on the morning of September 17 in two villages in Bulgaria’s Hissarya municipality, Krasnovo and Krastevich, after heavy rain and concern that the local Geredzhika dam could overflow.

About 100 people were evacuated from part of Krasnovo on the night of September 16 because of the torrential rain and the risk of the dam overflowing.

Emergency teams drained the flooded basements of homes in Krasnovo.

Hissarya municipality’s crisis staff was due to meet on the morning of September 17, after which damage assessment in Krasnovo and Krastevich was to start.

Elsewhere, about 70 buildings were flooded in the town of Saedinenie.

On September 16, most of the houses in the village of Dobrivnitsa in the Pazardzhik region were flooded.

Heavy rain caused a number of landslides near the southern Bulgarian town of Smolyan.

On September 17, a “Code Yellow” warning of potentially hazardous weather was in effect for 10 regions of Bulgaria: the city of Sofia, Sofia region, Vidin, Vratsa, Montana, Pazardzhik, Plovdiv, Smolyan, Lovech and Bourgas.

While rain was expected to ease in the second half of the day, heavy rain was expected in the south-eastern parts of Bulgaria overnight into September 18.



The Sofia Globe staff

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