The Hitrino Disaster in Bulgaria: Inhabitants Moving Into Containers

Written by on December 15, 2016 in Bulgaria, Latest - No comments

Some of the inhabitants of the Bulgarian village Hitrino, which was the scene of a train derailment and a huge explosion on Saturday. in which seven people were killed and 29 were injured, will move into containers provided by the state. Those temporary accommodations were set up in the neighbouring village Timarevo. Each of them has two rooms, a kitchen and a pantry.

Survivors whose houses were not destroyed, a total of about 1000 people, can still not return to their homes. The authorities say, the situation in Hitrino was still dangerous, since a leak on one of the gas tanks had still not been sealed. That tank was also fixed to one of the freight train cars, which derailed.

In the meantime, firefighters and other experts have begun removing gas tanks which were already emptied.

National fire chief Nikolai Nikolov said that it was unclear when the inhabitants of Hitrino would be able to return. At this stage, there is still the danger of an explosion. And there is no electricity in part or all of Hitrino. Also, there are lots of workers, firefighters and gas experts in the village, who need room.

A total of 26 houses and buildings were destroyed in the blast. The government and companies have pledged to rebuild them.

Political parties, among them Prime Minister Boyko Borissov’s GERB and the Socialists, promised donations yesterday. Before, the government had promised the equivalent of 5 million Euro, while, according to the same government, the European Commission pledged 10 million Euro in aid.

All in all, Bulgaria is bending over backwards to help the victims and their families, to accommodate those whose houses were destroyed and by collecting the money necessary to rebuild the village. The funds already promised and collected seem to be enough for the reconstruction.

The train accident in Hitrino is one of the worst the country has seen.

By Imanuel Marcus

In cooperation with The Sofia Globe.




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