Record number of Bulgarians left without electricity after heavy snowfalls

The number of people left without electricity after the heavy continuous snowfalls of recent days is unprecedented, with about 850 places still cut off from the power supply, the head of Bulgaria’s fire safety and population protection directorate, Nikolai Nikolov, said on March 9.

Thirty-six transmission lines were not carrying current and for some, it would take several days before repairs were carried out, Nikolov told television station bTV.

“There are hundreds of tons of ice on the cables. Where ice has not broken them, trees brought down by heavy snow have done the job,” Nikolov said.

The ministry was ready to deliver medicine, food and essential goods where required, he said.

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