Bulgaria’s Kapitan Andreevo border checkpoint closed because of flooding

The Kapitan Andreevo checkpoint at the border between Bulgaria and Turkey was closed on the morning of December 4 because of flooding that followed heavy rainfall in southern Bulgaria overnight.

An Interior Ministry statement said that a queue of about km of lorries had formed.

The ministry recommended that motorists instead use the Harmanli – Elhovo – Lesovo route.

Rivers in Haskovo were overflowing and roads were closed in the Dimitrovgrad and Simeonovgrad areas.

Several houses in the village of Kalugerovo were swamped, there was flooding in Kurdjali, where 521 litres a sq m of water fell overnight and there were reports of flooded houses in Svilengrad.

A dam near the village of Makedontsi was reported to be overflowing, local media said.

Weather forecasters said that rainfall in central and eastern Bulgaria was expected to continue throughout the day. A code yellow potentially hazardous weather warning was issued for the regions of Haskovo, Sliven, Yambol and Bourgas.

In the area of Vidin, hit by low temperatures in recent days which caked ice on cables and where weather damaged electricity infrastructure, dozens of villages were still without power, although electricity supply to Belogradchik had been restored, mayor Boris Nikolov said.

An emergency was declared in Belogradchik a day earlier, and schools are closed.

Flooding was reported in some areas of the Bourgas and Sliven regions. The port of Bougas was closed because of strong winds.

The Pomorie-Aheloi road was closed because of flooding.

Also closed because of partial flooding was the Lyubimets – Svilengrad road.



The Sofia Globe staff

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