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Bulgaria: State of emergency declared as flooding causes mayhem in south01:51

Bulgaria: State of emergency declared as flooding causes mayhem in south

Bulgaria, Smolyan
January 17, 2016 at 22:57 GMT +00:00 · Published

The Bulgarian government declared a state of emergency in the Smolyan municpality, Sunday, as around 330 villages in Southern Bulgaria were left without electricity after severe flooding and snowfall.

Floods also affected the border-crossing point of Kapitan Andreevo between Bulgaria and Turkey, one of the busiest between the countries, after the road leading to Turkey was left submerged by flood water. Vehicles were diverted towards other border points, causing kilometre-long traffic jams.

According to the Interior Ministry of Bulgaria, almost 500 rescue operations were carried out in recent hours. Emergency teams worked to evacuate people from stranded cars and provided medical assistance. Many schools will be closed for the next three days in the southern province due to further threats of flooding.

Bulgaria: State of emergency declared as flooding causes mayhem in south01:51
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The Bulgarian government declared a state of emergency in the Smolyan municpality, Sunday, as around 330 villages in Southern Bulgaria were left without electricity after severe flooding and snowfall.

Floods also affected the border-crossing point of Kapitan Andreevo between Bulgaria and Turkey, one of the busiest between the countries, after the road leading to Turkey was left submerged by flood water. Vehicles were diverted towards other border points, causing kilometre-long traffic jams.

According to the Interior Ministry of Bulgaria, almost 500 rescue operations were carried out in recent hours. Emergency teams worked to evacuate people from stranded cars and provided medical assistance. Many schools will be closed for the next three days in the southern province due to further threats of flooding.

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