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Expenditures connected with recovery after flood estimated at about BGN 5.5 mn: mayor of Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya

Expenditures connected with recovery after flood estimated at about BGN 5.5 mn: mayor of Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya

9 September 2014 | 14:41 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. North-western town of Miziya suffered a devastating flood at the beginning of August.
Miziya Mayor, Violin Krushovenski, said, speaking for FOCUS News Agency the expenditures for the recovery after the disaster were estimated at about BGN 5.5 million, while the affected properties were 828 in number.
The expenditures for the public sector will amount to some BGN 1.1 million and the tax assessments of the flood-affected properties will be estimated at about BGN 4.4 million.
In Krushovenski’s words, the repair works are ongoing in several directions, the road surfaces are the first to be rebuilt.
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Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General: Cooperation between mayor, district government of Miziya missing

Bulgaria’s Prosecutor General: Cooperation between mayor, district government of Miziya missing

7 September 2014 | 10:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “What we may say at first reading, on the grounds of the information collected so far, is that the connection and cooperation between the mayor of the flood-stricken town of Miziya and the district government have been cut, probably because of the mayor’s office,” Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov said speaking in an interview with the Bulgarian National Television (BNT) commenting on the investigation on the cause of the devastating flood in the town of Miziya.
“This is a subject of a further investigation. There is a team, headed by the Regional Prosecutor of Oryahovo. The case will be put under the supervision of the Supreme Prosecutor’s Office. The National Investigation Service is also involved in the investigation,” Tsatsarov said further.
“I saw 120 homes that are not fit for living, 350 people who are now homeless, and 550 people, who need to be supplied with food, which is provided by the Bulgarian Red cross (BRC).
I can hardly imagine how these people will cope with the situation in the winter,” Tsatsarov remarked.
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Bulgaria Prosecutor General on a visit to flood-stricken Miziya (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria Prosecutor General on a visit to flood-stricken Miziya (ROUNDUP)

4 September 2014 | 04:13 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov was on a visit to the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya on Wednesday.
The Prosecutor General met with Miziya Mayor Dr Violin Krushovenski and the officials with the municipal management.
“The purpose of the visit in the district is the work at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office – Oryahovo, where there was a meeting over the pre-court proceeding on the reasons for the flood in the town of Miziya,” Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov after meeting with the municipal leadership in the flood-stricken town.
“This is an investigation held under the Penal Procedure Code. There is huge amount of work under this investigation. The colleagues from Oryahovo have already examined 39 dam lakes, while more are to follow.
Our visit to the town of Miziya is explained with the factor of the function of the prosecution office under the supervision of the law,” Mr Tsatsarov said further.
“The Prosecutor’s Office will supervise the way the state authorities and bodies of the executive power exercise their duties in the concrete moment.
The second goal is connected with the possibility to enhance the aid needed to be rendered to the municipality at the moment, within the authorities of the prosecution and to strengthen the dialogue,” Sotir Tsatsarov commented further.
He added that 120 homes were not fit for living, 300 people had no homes, while 550 needed to be provided with food every day.
Mr Tsatarov commented further that he held a meeting with President of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Hristo Grirogov, and the latter said that the organisation would continue providing food the local population.
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Pre-court investigation over flood in Bulgaria’s Miziya underway: PG

Pre-court investigation over flood in Bulgaria’s Miziya underway: PG

3 September 2014 | 16:28 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “The purpose of the visit in the district is the work at the Regional Prosecutor’s Office – Oryahovo, where there was a meeting over the pre-court proceeding on the reasons for the flood in the town of Miziya,” said Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov after meeting with the municipal leadership in the flood-stricken Miziya, Radio FOCUS – Vidin reported.
“This is an investigation held under the Penal Procedure Code. There is huge amount of work under this investigation. The colleagues from Oryahovo have already examined 39 dam lakes, while more are to follow.
Our visit to the town of Miziya is explained with the factor of the function of the prosecution office under the supervision of the law,” Mr Tsatsarov said further.
“The Prosecutor’s Office will supervise the way the state authorities and bodies of the executive power exercise their duties in the concrete moment.
The second goal is connected with the possibility to enhance the aid needed to be rendered to the municipality at the moment, within the authorities of the prosecution and to strengthen the dialogue,” Sotir Tsatsarov commented further.
He added that 120 homes were not fit for living, 300 people had no homes, while 550 needed to be provided with food every day.
Mr Tsatarov commented further that he held a meeting with President of the Bulgarian Red Cross, Hristo Grirogov, and the latter said that the organisation would continue providing food the local population.
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Bulgaria Prosecutor General on visit to flood-stricken Miziya

Bulgaria Prosecutor General on visit to flood-stricken Miziya

3 September 2014 | 12:40 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. Bulgarian Prosecutor General Sotir Tsatsarov is on a visit to the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya, Radio FOCUS – Vidin reported.
The Prosecutor General will hold a meeting with Miziya Mayor Dr Violin Krushovenski.
More information about Mr Tsatsarov’s visit will be available after the end of the meeting.
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Actavis donates essential medicines to the victims of Miziya flood

Actavis donates essential medicines to the victims of Miziya flood

27 August 2014 | 18:17 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Actavis has joined the fundraising campaign to help victims of flood stricken Miziya. As a sign of solidarity the largest pharmaceutical company in Bulgaria - Actavis donated 600 packs of essential medicines.
The donation includes over-the-counter (nonprescription) drugs - Acetysal, Benalgin, Proalgin, Spasmalgon, CitroVit, Vitamin C and Paracetamax. Medicines were delivered yesterday in Byala Slatina Hospital - the main hospital in the disaster region.
As you know Miziya town was seriously affected by flooding in early August as a result of heavy rains and broken dykes in the two dam lakes.

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Flood stricken Miziya Municipality receives BGN 1 million assistance: Municipal Council chairperson

Flood stricken Miziya Municipality receives BGN 1 million assistance: Municipal Council chairperson

27 August 2014 | 17:07 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. "BGN 1 million was received in Miziya Municipality as assistance to the flood stricken town", chairperson of the Municipal Council in Miziya Diana Vicheva said for FOCUS News Agency .
“Around BGN 300,000 of the received funds will be allotted for schools. By the moment I can not tell about the rest BGN 700,000, how they will be distributed,” Vicheva specified.
In her words the lump-sum benefit of BGN 325 to a family, was paid off last week.
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Diana Vicheva: Flood victims in Miziya go out for demonstration

Diana Vicheva: Flood victims in Miziya go out for demonstration

26 August 2014 | 15:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. Flood victims in Miziya went out for demonstration, Chairperson of Municipal Council of Miziya Diana Vicheva stated for FOCUS News Agency .
"People in Miziya staged protest not against the municipality but against the fact that their damaged properties haven’t been estimated yet and they haven’t received any subsidy," Vicheva specified. According to her, this is the concern of the people and especially the fact that September and October are approaching and they do not know how they will spend the winter.
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Bulgaria’s Red Cross, Orthodox Church raise BGN 26,000 for flood-stricken people in 3 hours

Bulgaria’s Red Cross, Orthodox Church raise BGN 26,000 for flood-stricken people in 3 hours

21 August 2014 | 14:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian Red Cross and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church organised a joint charity initiative in support of the people affected by the recent floods in the country, the press office of the organisation announced.
On August 15, with the blessing of Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria, only in three hours Bulgarian believers managed to raise BGN 25,725.29.
The money will be given to the people from the town of Miziya.
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Bulgaria’s Pleven recruits volunteers for flood-stricken Miziya

Bulgaria’s Pleven recruits volunteers for flood-stricken Miziya

21 August 2014 | 10:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Pleven. Bulgarian municipality of Pleven is yet again recruiting volunteers to help the people affected by the flood that hit the town of Miziya, the press office of the municipality announced.
Two volunteers from Pleven joined the operations in the flood-stricken town on the first day of the week.
Pleven Municipality is now forming a new group of volunteers, which will be commissioned on August 25. Transportation, food and instruments have been secured for free.
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CEZ organizes mobile office in food stricken Miziya

CEZ organizes mobile office in food stricken Miziya

19 August 2014 | 13:06 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. To assist flood victims in the flood stricken Miziya all the services offered by CEZ Electro Bulgaria and CEZ Distribution Bulgaria will be provided in remote mobile office in City Hall in Miziya from August 20 to August 26, 2014. This was announced by the press center of the company. Working time of mobile office is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 4.30 p.m.
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BRC calls more volunteers to get involved in the reconstruction activities

BRC calls more volunteers to get involved in the reconstruction activities

18 August 2014 | 15:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. In connection with the ongoing support of hundreds of people after the disaster in Vratsa Municipality, the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) turns to the society with an appeal for more volunteers to get involved in the activities for cleaning the aftermaths of the floods, press centre of the Bulgarian Red Cross announced.
Coordination of incoming help is carried out by the Municipality in Miziya. Those who want to help must register at the volunteer office which is in the city centre. There they will receive the necessary equipment for work – boots, shovels, gloves, masks etc. and will be informed what to do. For all volunteers there is food, water and bedding.
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BGN 1,708 is the money collected by BRC-Burgas for stranded people in Miziya

BGN 1,708 is the money collected by BRC-Burgas for stranded people in Miziya

18 August 2014 | 12:18 | FOCUS News Agency
Burgas. The Bulgarian Red Cross – Burgas has collected BGN 1,708 for the people who suffer serious damages in flooded Miziya, secretary of the BRC – Burgas Violeta Radeva said for Radio FOCUS – Burgas.
The funds were raised in boxes for donations placed in two churches in Burgas.
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School year will open at time in Miziya, the question is what solution we will find: Mayor

School year will open at time in Miziya, the question is what solution we will find: Mayor

18 August 2014 | 11:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “I will not let to postpone the beinging of the school year in Miziya, and there is almost one month to September 15,” Mayor of the flood stricken Miziya, Violin Krushovenski said in an interview for FOCUS News Agency .
"At the moment a group of people from the prison in Vratsa, along with volunteers and the entire teaching team, are cleaning a school - remove flooring, clean from debris, mud objects. A standing committee that evaluates educational infrastructure, inform me on the situation. Due to the high water level, basements of the secondary school are still flooded, which may create structural problems for which we have invited a designer to take a look," Krushovenski said adding drainage works of a kindergarten are still pending.
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Joint campaign of BRC – Sliven and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church raises BGN 566.77 for flood stricken Miziya

Joint campaign of BRC – Sliven and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church raises BGN 566.77 for flood stricken Miziya

18 August 2014 | 11:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sliven. Joint campaign of the Bulgaria Red Cross (BRC) – Sliven and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church raises BGN 566.77 for flood stricken Miziya, press centre of BRC – Sliven announced for Radio FOCUS – Sliven.
Volunteers of the Bulgaria Red Cross Youth organization in Sliven and the Bulgarian Orthodox Church launched a campaign for rising funds outside the St. Dimitar Church in the town in assistance to the stranded people in the town of Miziya.
The town was hit by flash floods in the beginning of the month and still suffers serious damages.
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German donation of beds, bedroom furniture to arrive in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya

German donation of beds, bedroom furniture to arrive in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya

17 August 2014 | 13:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Plovdiv. Big amount of begs and bedroom furniture is to arrive in mid-August in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken town of Miziya as a donation from Germany.
Vera Kirilova, network coordinator of the National Alliance for Work with Volunteers, said speaking for Radio FOCUS – Plovdiv.
In her words, the donation has been already prepared.
“What is most needed at the moment is more volunteers,” Kirilova explained.
According to her, many lessons have been learned after the flood in the coastal city of Varna, which are now used in Miziya.
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Bulgaria’s Burgas organises donation campaign for flood-stricken Miziya

Bulgaria’s Burgas organises donation campaign for flood-stricken Miziya

17 August 2014 | 13:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Burgas. Bulgarian coastal city of Burgas will organise a donation campaign for the people from the flood-stricken town of Miziya, the organisers of the event announced.
The checkpoint is located close to the Pantheon in the Sea Garden. The initiative is scheduled to start at 6:30 p.m. and continue until 8 p.m.
People, who wish to donate clothes, food products, detergents and others, are welcome to join the initiative.
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Dam lakes along Bulgaria’s Skat River not managed well: expert

Dam lakes along Bulgaria’s Skat River not managed well: expert

17 August 2014 | 10:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “Dam lakes along the Bulgarian Skat River are not managed well,” said Engineer Valentin Slavov, technical director at the Irrigation Systems AD company, speaking for the weekend morning programme of Nova TV.
“The major culprit for the flood in the Bulgarian town of Miziya is the rain. Unfortunately, the dam lakes located along the Skat River are not managed well. It is obvious and it has been ascertained by expert commissions, which examine the facilities and their response to rain,” the expert explained.
In his words, the problem is that the dam lakes are not in good shape, which was reported last year.
He explained that the dam lakes found themselves in some pre-emergency situation when the major drain-cocks were broken, when there were overgrown with plants, and etc.
“Unfortunately, the inspections done throughout the country after the tragedy in the village of Biser reported 68 dam lakes in pre-emergency situation,” Slavov said further.
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Over BGN 600,000 raised for flood-hit Miziya through Bulgarian Red Cross campaign: chair

Over BGN 600,000 raised for flood-hit Miziya through Bulgarian Red Cross campaign: chair

16 August 2014 | 21:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”The aid raised only for the [flood-hit north-western town of] Miziya is estimated at over BGN 600,000,” said Hristo Grigorov, Chairperson of the Bulgarian Red Cross, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
”We had raised some BGN 1.1 million for flood-stricken Dobrich, the Asparuhovo residential district of Varna and Veliko Tarnovo. And here we have raised over BGN 600,000 in Miziya’s account in only about 10 days,” Grigorov explained.
In his words, the resources will be allocated through a public council, which shows everything will be done in an honest manner.
Hristo Grigorov reiterated the Bulgarian Red Cross kept nothing of what it received but gave it to the people it was intended for.
Asked what the people in Miziya needed, the Red Cross chair said it was canned food as the people had to have food over a longer period of time.

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Campaign of Bulgarian Red Cross dedicated to flood-affected people has no set time limit: chair

Campaign of Bulgarian Red Cross dedicated to flood-affected people has no set time limit: chair

16 August 2014 | 17:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. ”Campaign of the Bulgarian Red Cross dedicated to the people affected by floods in the country has no set time limit,” said Hristo Grigorov, Chairperson of the Bulgarian Red Cross, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
”The people will need aid for a considerable amount of time to come so we decided the campaign should continue so that we raise as many resources as possible and help them,” the Red Cross official added in connection with the latest devastating flood in Miziya, northwest Bulgaria.
In his words, the people willing to donate money may do so by sending a text message to short number 1466, through a bank account and also online.
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206 houses in Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya need extensive repair

206 houses in Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya need extensive repair

16 August 2014 | 15:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. ”The autumns will be hard for us in Miziya and the winter will be probably harder,” said Nikolay Nekovski, Deputy Mayor of the flood-hit north-western town of Miziya, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
He stated some 70 houses out of 416 inspected ones were not suitable for living at all and some 250 properties more had to be inspected.
About 206 houses need extensive repair works to become suitable for living, while people will be able to live in 53 homes once they are dried and cleaned up.
1,165 people live in the 416 inspected houses.
Summarised information about the properties in Miziya is yet to be presented, according to Nekovski.

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Tendency of improvement reported in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: mayor

Tendency of improvement reported in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: mayor

16 August 2014 | 12:29 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “People are actively working; personal belongings at the houses are being taken out, as well as the winter supplies. Some people have started partial repair works. Generally, we may say that certain tendency of improvement is being outlined in Miziya,” said Violin Krushovenski, Mayor of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken town of Miziya, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
Mayor Krushovenski added that the water had been almost pumped.
“Only a few pumps of the fire department are still operating in the lowest parts of the town,” the mayor said.
“People are evacuating their belongings. They are also evacuating their winter supply, which is not allowed for consumption as required by the hygiene authorities,” he remarked.
“All these belongings and food supplies are being stored at a specially designed dung-hill close to the town,” Krushovenski explained.
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Lowest parts of Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya remain under water

Lowest parts of Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya remain under water

14 August 2014 | 12:02 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. ”Only the lowest parts of Miziya remain under water and removing it will become through pumping water out of a property, transferring it to another one and then pumping it out of it,” said Mayor of the flood-hit town in Vratsa District, Violin Krushovenski, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
In his word, it is expected the water will be pumped out of all the parts in the settlement tomorrow and people’s efforts are concentrated on cleaning.
An assessment of the damages is yet to be completed.

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Situation we saw in Mizyia together with the EU Commissioner showed the true scale of this disaster: BRC President

Situation we saw in Mizyia together with the EU Commissioner showed the true scale of this disaster: BRC President

13 August 2014 | 22:08 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “The situation we saw together with EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva in the flood-stricken Miziya showed the true scale of this disaster. There are houses still under water, there are still drained homes in the lower parts of the town. We can conclude that the region will need major rehabilitation program in short and long term aspect.” That is what President of the Bulgarian Red Cross Hristo Grigorov said for FOCUS News Agency .
"The short-term program is associated with these nearly 1,000 people who lost their homes, to provide them food. This is done by BRC with field kitchen of the Bulgarian army. Another thing that must be done in the short term is to avoid breaking out of any infections or epidemics. The situation here is serious," Grigorov said.
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BRC-Shumen continues raising funds for flood-stricken Miziya

BRC-Shumen continues raising funds for flood-stricken Miziya

13 August 2014 | 16:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Shumen. The campaign for raising funds for the stranded people affected by the flash floods in the town of Miziya is underway, Director of the Secretariat of the District Council of the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) Plamen Petrov said for Radio FOCUS – Shumen.
People need mainly canned-foods, bottle water, gumboots, durable goods, gum gloves and disinfectants. Those who want to make a donation may do this at the building of the Bulgarian Red Cross in Shumen on № 143 Tsar Osvoboditel Str.
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Bulgarian inmates to join cleaning of flood-stricken Miziya

Bulgarian inmates to join cleaning of flood-stricken Miziya

13 August 2014 | 14:00 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. At the order of interim Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice, Hristo Ivanov, as of today seven inmates will join the cleaning and recovery operations in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken town of Miziya, the press office of the Ministry of Justice announced.
20 more inmates will be commissioned to Miziya tomorrow.
The first group is already at the scene and is helping for the cleaning of the central part of the town.
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Mayor of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: There are high expectations for EU Commissioner Georgieva

Mayor of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: There are high expectations for EU Commissioner Georgieva

13 August 2014 | 12:11 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “More and more volunteers are constantly arriving in Miziya,” said Mayor of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken town of Miziya, Dr Viokin Krushovenski, speaking about the recovery works underway in the town after the flood with FOCUS News Agency.
“More than 15 municipalities have commissioned deputy mayors and volunteers, volunteers with the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) are constantly coming, too,” the mayor said.
Speaking of today’s visit of European Commissioner for International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Kristalina Georgieva to Miziya, the mayor said that there were some high expectations and people hoped that this would solve the problem with the provision of financial resource not only from the state budget but also from the European Commission (EC).
“The expectations are about examining the issue more thoroughly and seriously and solving the problem with the recovery of the damages since the infrastructure has been seriously affected, as well as the social, educational and personal systems,” Mayor Krushovenski said.
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Underground water hampers draining in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya

Underground water hampers draining in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya

13 August 2014 | 10:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. High position of the underground water is delaying and hampering the draining actions in Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya.
Mayor of Miziya Violin Krushovenski announced the information speaking for Radio FOCUS –Vidin.
In his words, the situation in the town is still alarming.
The teams of the fire department continue pumping up the water in the yards of the houses in the town.
“The underground water is an important and insuperable factor. The good news is that the river of Skat is within its bank and we expect the underground water to withdraw in around 4 days, if there are favourable meteorological conditions,” Mr Krushovenski remarked.
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Bulgarian Red Cross raised BGN 1.3 million in aid for flood victims

Bulgarian Red Cross raised BGN 1.3 million in aid for flood victims

13 August 2014 | 07:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) has until August 10 raised BGN 1.3 million in aid for flood victims across the country, Standart daily writes.
The charity campaign continues and people willing to donate may do so by sending a text message to short number 1466 for all mobile operators, which costs BGN 1 per text message.
The BRC also collects donations in a special bank account:
UniCredit Bulbank AD
IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913
BIC: UNCRBGSF
3 Kaloyan str., Sofia, 1000 (for the flood victims in the country)
And for donations from abroad:
UniCredit Bulbank AD
IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913
BIC: UNCRBGSF
(for the flood victims in the country)
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Parts of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still under water; needs more volunteers (ROUNDUP)

Parts of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still under water; needs more volunteers (ROUNDUP)

13 August 2014 | 03:01 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian town of Miziya is still struggling to recover from the devastating flood that hit the town last weekend. The situation is improving but there are still streets and regions that are under water.
“There is still water in the flood-stricken town of Miziya but only in the low parts of the town,” said District Governor of Vratsa, Ventsislav Vasilev, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
“The inquiry I made this morning reported that the citizens need mostly disinfection products, masks, gloves, and more volunteers. The chemical toilets need to be replaced. There is also a need of food products,” Vasilev explained.
He added that the mayor of the town issued an order to start reporting the damages caused by the flood yet on August 4.
“Miziya needs volunteers, buckets and shovels,” said Nikolay Nekovski, deputy mayor of the town, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
He explained that the draining of the water continued on Tuesday, both along certain streets and at people’s homes.
The deputy mayor added that the water in the town was still not good for drinking but could be used for washing.
In Nekovski’s words, there would be an inspection to ascertain the cause of the flood.
“The flood is definitely due to damaged dam walls, violated spillways and missing taps of 80% of the dam lakes,” he said further.
Meanwhile, representatives of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) visited the town today to present the donation raised by the party.
“Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) allocated around BGN 70,000 – BGN 80,000 for the people affected by the flood in the Bulgarian town of Miziya,” said CEDB member Ivaylo Moskovski speaking with journalists during the visit to the flood-stricken town.
“The CEBD Executive Commission decided to join the donation campaign. We managed to raise more than BGN 70,000 – BGN 80,000,” the politician remarked.
“We try to help with the most needed products. If needed, we can join the campaign again in the future,” Moskovski remarked.
“We have been in the flood-stricken town of Miziya for ten days now,” said Totyu Mladenov, member of the CEDB and former minister of labour and social policy.
“Over these ten days we have been carrying out a campaign for donations in the form of food products and drinking water.
The business from the district of Vratsa and all over the country provided the food and water. In addition, we made 2 donation campaigns from CEDB-Vratsa in the form of boots, buckets, shovels, clothes,” Mladenov remarked.
“The CEDB Executive Commission made a decision to allocate BGNB 70,000 for food products and disinfection products and today three trucks with donations were handed out to the people in Miziya, Krushovitsa and Byala Slatina,” the former minister said.
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Low parts of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still under water: district governor

Low parts of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still under water: district governor

12 August 2014 | 14:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “There is still water in the flood-stricken town of Miziya but only in the low parts of the town,” said District Governor of Vratsa, Ventsislav Vasilev, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
“The inquiry I made this morning reported that the citizens need mostly disinfection products, masks, gloves, and more volunteers. The chemical toilets need to be replaced. There is also a need of food products,” Vasilev explained.
He added that the mayor of the town issued an order to start reporting the damages caused by the flood yet on August 4.
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Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya needs volunteers, buckets and shovels: deputy mayor

Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya needs volunteers, buckets and shovels: deputy mayor

12 August 2014 | 13:53 | FOCUS News Agency
Vidin. “Miziya needs volunteers, buckets and shovels,” said Nikolay Nekovski, deputy mayor of the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Mizilya, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
He explained that the draining of the water continued on Tuesday, both along certain streets and at people’s homes.
The deputy mayor added that the water in the town was still not good for drinking but could be used for washing.
In Nekovski’s words, there would be an inspection to ascertain the cause of the flood.
“The flood is definitely due to damaged dam walls, violated spillways and missing taps of 80% of the dam lakes,” he said further.
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3 trucks with donations handed out to people in flood-stricken Miziya, Byala Slatina, Krushovitsa: CEDB

3 trucks with donations handed out to people in flood-stricken Miziya, Byala Slatina, Krushovitsa: CEDB

12 August 2014 | 11:31 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “We have been in the flood-stricken town of Miziya for ten days now,” said Totyu Mladenov, member of the Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) and former minister of labour and social policy, speaking with journalists during the visit to the town of Miziya, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“Over these ten days we have been carrying out a campaign for donations in the form of food products and drinking water.
The business from the district of Vratsa and all over the country provided the food and water. In addition, we made 2 donation campaigns from CEDB-Vratsa in the form of boots, buckets, shovels, clothes,” Mladenov remarked.
“The CEDB Executive Commission made a decision to allocate BGNB 70,000 for food products and disinfection products and today three trucks with donations were handed out to the people in Miziya, Krushovitsa and Byala Slatina,” the former minister said.
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CEDB donates BGN 80,000 to Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: member

CEDB donates BGN 80,000 to Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: member

12 August 2014 | 11:21 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (CEDB) allocated around BGN 70,000 – BGN 80,000 for the people affected by the flood in the Bulgarian town of Miziya,” said CEDB member Ivaylo Moskovski speaking with journalists during a visit to the flood-stricken town, FOCUS News Agency reporter said.
“The CEBD Executive Commission decided to join the donation campaign. We managed to raise more than BGN 70,000 – BGN 80,000,” the politician remarked.
“We try to help with the most needed products. If needed, we can join the campaign again in the future,” Moskovski remarked.
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I call on people to send canned food: mayor of Bulgarian flood-hit village

I call on people to send canned food: mayor of Bulgarian flood-hit village

10 August 2014 | 13:27 | FOCUS News Agency
Krushovitsa. Town of Miziya and some parts of northwest Bulgaria’s Vratsa District suffered a devastating flood at the very end of last week.
The disaster destroyed people’s homes in one of EU poorest regions and caused damages that will cost the country millions to tackle.
The village of Krushovitsa is one of the seriously affected settlements in Miziya Municipality.
”In the village of Krushovitsa, where the Skat River flooded over 140 house, people need detergents and cleaning products,” said its Mayor, Iliya Ilievski, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
He remarked no vegetables were left in people’s gardens; they were all flooded and covered in mud.
”This ruins our people, people in villages work in their garden all the summber and rely on it to prepare food supplies for the winter,” Ilievski explained.
The Bulgarian Red Cross organised a kitchen to prepare food for the people in the first days after the flood, they received bread for free, they still receive mineral water.
The people in Krushovitsa now need mostly canned food.
”I call on donators to send to the flood-affected people in Krushovitsa canned food – this is what the people in the village mostly need,” the Mayor said further.
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Parts of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still under water; volunteers start cleaning the streets (ROUNDUP)

Parts of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still under water; volunteers start cleaning the streets (ROUNDUP)

10 August 2014 | 03:17 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgarian town of Miziya is still struggling to recover from the devastating flood that hit the town last weekend. The situation is improving but there are still streets and regions that are under water, while the damages are yet to be assessed.
“Water draining of the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya continues with the help of the fire department and small pumps at people’s homes, because the big pumps are working on the streets where the water column is or around a one and a half metre,” said Nikolay Nekovski, Deputy Mayor of the town of Miziya, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
In his words, there are several streets where the water has not withdrawn.
“These are the streets in the lowest parts of the town. The water from the entire town is accumulated there and that is why these areas are still flooded,” the deputy mayor explained.
Nekovski remarked that the water withdrew and was drained slowly because of the big amount.
“I guess this is equal to the capacity of three big dam lakes. You may make the estimation on yourselves, bearing in mind that a pump can handle 50 cubic metres of water per minute,” Nikolay Nekovski said further.
In an interview with FOCUS News Agency Hristo Grigorov, President of the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC), announced latest information about the donation campaign for the town.
“More than BGN 250,000 has been so far raised as donations for the flood-affected people in the district of Vratsa,” Hristo Grigorov said.
“Taking into account the extremely hard situation in the town of Miziya, which according to us is much more serious compared with the situation in the town of Dobrich and in the Asparuhovo residential quarter in the coastal city of Varna, we decided to re-launch our money raising campaign with sms to short number 1466, to the bank account, which is the same, and there is also an option for online donations.
For the three days in which the campaign was re-launched we have more than BGN 250,000 raised,” Grigorov explained.
“In connection with our appeal to the big commercial chains and the business, we received calls from the Bulgarian Industrial Association, which secured large amount of food products.
The mayor of the town of Devin called us, too, to inform us that they have collected food products.
Together with the field kitchen of the army we will manage to provide food to these people until it is needed,” the chairperson of the Bulgarian Red Cross remarked.
Meanwhile, the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) called for urgent donations for the flood-affected population in the district of Vratsa and others, the press office of the organisation announced.
In order to continue the work in the flood-stricken regions the BRC needs rubber boots, masks, shovels, gloves, solid waste bags.
“Teams of volunteers are being formed in the flood-stricken town of Miziya so as to start cleaning the homes where the water has withdrawn and assist the affected citizens,” Yasen Slivenski, disasters management director with the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC), announced speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
“The volunteers started arriving. We need gloves, boots, masks and shovels, and we appeal to the companies, producers and distributors asking them to help, if they can,” Slivenski remarked.
People, who wish to make a donation, may do so by send an SMS at the price of BGN 1 to short number 1466, which is for clients of all mobile operators.
Donations are also collected at the following bank account: Unicredit Bulbank, IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913, BIC: UNCRBGSF.
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Water level in low part of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya reaches around 1 m: deputy mayor

Water level in low part of Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya reaches around 1 m: deputy mayor

9 August 2014 | 15:03 | FOCUS News Agency
Vidin. “Water draining of the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya continues with the help of the fire department and small pumps at people’s homes, because the big pumps are working on the streets where the water column is or around a one and a half metre,” said Nikolay Nekovski, Deputy Mayor of the town of Miziya, speaking for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
In his words, there are several streets where the water has not withdrawn.
“These are the streets in the lowest parts of the town. The water from the entire town is accumulated there and that is why these areas are still flooded,” the deputy mayor explained.
Nekovski remarked that the water withdrew and was drained slowly because of the big amount.
“I guess this is equal to the capacity of three big dam lakes. You may make the estimation on yourselves, bearing in mind that a pump can handle 50 cubic metres of water per minute,” Nikolay Nekovski said further.
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Teams of volunteers formed to start cleaning Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: BRC

Teams of volunteers formed to start cleaning Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya: BRC

9 August 2014 | 12:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. “Teams of volunteers are being formed in the flood-stricken town of Miziya so as to start cleaning the homes where the water has withdrawn and assist the affected citizens,” Yasen Slivenski, disasters management director with the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC), announced speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
“The volunteers started arriving. We need gloves, boots, masks and shovels, and we appeal to the companies, producers and distributors asking them to help, if they can,” Slivenski remarked.
People, who wish to make a donation, may do so by send an SMS at the price of BGN 1 to short number 1466, which is for clients of all mobile operators.
Donations are also collected at the following bank account: Unicredit Bulbank, IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913, BIC: UNCRBGSF.
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Bulgarian Red Cross calls for urgent donations to flood-stricken Miziya

Bulgarian Red Cross calls for urgent donations to flood-stricken Miziya

9 August 2014 | 12:10 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. The Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) calls for urgent donations for the flood-affected population in the district of Vratsa and others, the press office of the organisation announced.
In order to continue the work in the flood-stricken regions the BRC needs rubber boots, masks, shovels, gloves, solid waste bags.
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Bulgarian Red Cross has raised more than BGN 250,000 for flood-stricken Vratsa district

Bulgarian Red Cross has raised more than BGN 250,000 for flood-stricken Vratsa district

9 August 2014 | 09:30 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “More than BGN 250,000 has been so far raised as donations for the flood-affected people in the district of Vratsa,” said Hristo Grigorov, President of the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC), speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.
“Taking into account the extremely hard situation in the town of Miziya, which according to us is much more serious compared with the situation in the town of Dobrich and in the Asparuhovo residential quarter in the coastal city of Varna, we decided to re-launch our money raising campaign with sms to short number 1466, to the bank account, which is the same, and there is also an option for online donations.
For the three days in which the campaign was re-launched we have more than BGN 250,000 raised,” Grigorov explained.
“In connection with our appeal to the big commercial chains and the business, we received calls from the Bulgarian Industrial Association, which secured large amount of food products.
The mayor of the town of Devin called us, too, to inform us that they have collected food products.
Together with the field kitchen of the army we will manage to provide food to these people until it is needed,” the chairperson of the Bulgarian Red Cross remarked.
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Bulgaria interim health minister visits flood-stricken Miziya (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria interim health minister visits flood-stricken Miziya (ROUNDUP)

9 August 2014 | 06:25 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s interim Minister of Health, Dr Miroslav Nenkov, and Bulgaria’s Chief State Health Inspector, Dr Angel Kunchev, visited the flood-stricken town of Miziya on Friday.
Minister Nenkov and Doctor Kunchev got acquainted with the operational situation in the town, the work done by the teams and the accommodation conditions provided to the evacuated people.
After getting acquainted with the situation in the Bulgarian flood-stricken town Dr Miroslav Nenkov undertook the engagement to help the local population.
The minister has ordered for the citizens of Miziya to be provided with gloves, masks and disinfecting products today.
Psychologists with the Military Medical Academy will be commissioned to the town to work with the citizens.
During his visit to the town today Minister Nenkov met with Mayor Violon Krushovenski, as well as with senior commissioner Vasil Vasilev, Deputy Director of the General Directorate for Fire Safety and Civil Protection.
At the meeting the officials discussed the measures taken so far and agreed to continue the inter-institutional cooperation.
Gradual draining of the water in the town continues. Some of the people have already returned to the drained homes.
Meanwhile, it was announced that the water supply in the town had been restored. The local water and sewerage company remarked that there was no drinking water supply only in the residential quarters that were still under water.
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Bulgaria health minister undertakes engagement to help flood-affected people in Miziya

Bulgaria health minister undertakes engagement to help flood-affected people in Miziya

8 August 2014 | 13:51 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. After getting acquainted with the situation in the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya Bulgaria’s interim Minister of Health, Dr Miroslav Nenkov, undertook the engagement to help the local population, the press office of the Ministry of Health announced.
The minister has ordered for the citizens of Miziya to be provided with gloves, masks and disinfecting products today.
Psychologists with the Military Medical Academy will be commissioned to the town to work with the citizens.
During his visit to the town today Minister Nenkov met with Mayor Violon Krushovenski, as well as with senior commissioner Vasil Vasilev, Deputy Director of the General Directorate for Fire Safety and Civil Protection.
At the meeting the officials discussed the measures taken so far and agreed to continue the inter-institutional cooperation.
Gradual draining of the water in the town continues. Some of the people have already returned to the drained homes.
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Bulgaria interim health minister to visit flood-stricken Miziya

Bulgaria interim health minister to visit flood-stricken Miziya

8 August 2014 | 08:26 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria’s interim Minister of Health, Dr Miroslav Nenkov, and Bulgaria’s Chief State Health Inspector, Dr Angel Kunchev, are to visit the flood-stricken town of Miziya on Friday, the press office of the ministry announced.
Minister Nenkov and Doctor Kunchev are to get acquainted with the operational situation in the town, the work done by the teams and the accommodation conditions provided to the evacuated people.
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Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya still struggles to return to normal life (ROUNDUP)

Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya still struggles to return to normal life (ROUNDUP)

8 August 2014 | 05:48 | FOCUS News Agency
Town of Miziya and some parts of northwest Bulgaria’s Vratsa District suffered a devastating flood at the very end of last week.
The disaster destroyed people’s homes in one of EU poorest regions and caused damages that will cost the country millions to tackle.
It has been reported recently there are corpses of dead animals in the area that have to be removed.
”Miziya faces an epidemic outbreak,” said Antoniya Parvanova, leader of the National Movement for Stability and Progress, speaking for Radio FOCUS.
In her words, some 40 dams close to Miziya release water from spillways.
”There are too many dead animals and their bodies are currently decomposing. It is difficult for their owners to transport them as this is great stress they are suffering; it is too hard for them. Besides that, they have nowhere to take them to, there are no instructions, there is no resource to be used to take them to an incinerator or a mobile one so that they could be disposed of. All the cesspools in the affected regions are overflowing, the water has been contaminated, it smells awful. The water has nowhere to go – it goes to the river when pumped out. The mud has to be removed and besides that, a vast territory comprising premises, gardens, agricultural land has to be disinfected,” Ms Parvanova commented.
Dr Iliyan Boykovski, chief expert at the healthcare and humane attitude towards animals chief directorate with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, also spoke on Thursday for Radio FOCUS in a comment on the issue.
”Pumping water out of Miziya is the most important things for now, as a measure to prevent epidemics,” he said.
In his words, pumping water out of the town has to be done as quickly as possible so that the dead drowned animals are found and transported to an incinerator.
The expert said further the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency organised the special transportation of dead animals to an incinerator.
“The documents on applying for aid from the European Union Solidarity Fund will be prepared as quickly as possible over the flood-affected regions of northern Bulgaria,“ said interim Deputy Prime Minister of Social Policy and interim Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Yordan Hristoskov, speaking for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) before his Thursday’s visit to the flood-affected parts of Vratsa District, where he was accompanied by interim Minister of Interior, Yordan Bakalov.
In his words, the documents destroyed by the flood will have to be reconstructed so that bureaucratic obstacles are avoided when social aid is received.
Hristoskov also said he would have meetings with the heads of the social assistance directorates, the labour bureaus and representatives of the National Social Security Institute.
Miziya Mayor, Violin Krushovenski, commented on the ministerial visit for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
“The first issue I raised before Deputy Prime Minister Yordan Hristoskov was connected with the filling of the documents so that aid in the form of compensation could be paid in time as it matters the people receive the money soon but in a month in case we have a slow procedure,“ Krushovenski stated.
He said Mr Hristoskov had also been asked a question connected with the damages of residential and agricultural properties.
Violin Krushovenski asked the Deputy Prime Minister for more workers as the consequences of the disaster are hard to tackle and the number of people under the programmes ensuring temporary employment would not suffice.
”Work on restoring power supply to Miziya after the flood continue, we are monitoring the water level as the work and the actions of the CEZ teams connected with restoring the electricity supply depend on that,” said Thursday Viktor Stanchev, exploitation and maintenance director at CEZ Bulgaria, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
”Accidents may take place at residential homes if the electricity supply is resumed as most of the electricity installations are still under water and this could lead to serious damages,” Stanchev stated.
He informed the municipal administration building, the nursery, where the evacuated people had been accommodated, and the building of the kitchen preparing food for underprivileged people had power supply restored on Sunday as a priority.
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Bulgaria 2 interim ministers visit flood-hit Miziya

Bulgaria 2 interim ministers visit flood-hit Miziya

7 August 2014 | 14:59 | FOCUS News Agency
Miziya. Town of Miziya and some parts of northwest Bulgaria’s Vratsa District suffered a devastating flood at the very end of last week.
The disaster destroyed people’s homes in one of EU poorest regions and caused damages that will cost the country millions to tackle.
Interim Deputy Prime Minister of Social Policy and interim Minister of Labour and Social Policy, Yordan Hristoskov, and interim Minister of Interior, Yordan Bakalov, visited Miziya on Thursday, its Mayor, Violin Krushovenski, announced for Radio FOCUS – Vidin.
“The first issue I raised before Deputy Prime Minister Yordan Hristoskov was connected with the filling of the documents so that aid in the form of compensation could be paid in time as it matters the people receive the money soon but in a month in case we have a slow procedure,“ Krushovenski commented.
He said Mr Hristoskov had also been asked a question connected with the damages of residential and agricultural properties.
Violin Krushovenski asked the Deputy Prime Minister for more workers as the consequences of the disaster are hard to tackle and the number of people under the programmes ensuring temporary employment would not suffice.
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CEZ works to restore cut electricity supply to Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya: specialist

CEZ works to restore cut electricity supply to Bulgaria’s flood-hit Miziya: specialist

7 August 2014 | 12:16 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Town of Miziya and some parts of northwest Bulgaria’s Vratsa District suffered a devastating flood at the very end of last week.
The disaster destroyed people’s homes in one of EU poorest regions and caused damages that will cost the country millions to tackle.
”Work on restoring power supply to Miziya after the flood continue, we are monitoring the water level as the work and the actions of the CEZ teams connected with restoring the electricity supply depend on that,” said Viktor Stanchev, exploitation and maintenance director at CEZ Bulgaria, speaking for FOCUS News Agency.
”Accidents may take place at residential homes if the electricity supply is resumed as most of the electricity installations are still under water and this could lead to serious damages,” Stanchev stated.
He informed the municipal administration building, the nursery, where the evacuated people had been accommodated, and the building of the kitchen preparing food for underprivileged people had power supply restored on Sunday as a priority.

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Water has to be pumped out of Bulgaria’s Miziya to prevent epidemics: doctor

Water has to be pumped out of Bulgaria’s Miziya to prevent epidemics: doctor

7 August 2014 | 09:56 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Town of Miziya and some parts of northwest Bulgaria’s Vratsa District suffered a devastating flood at the very end of last week.
The disaster destroyed people’s homes in one of EU poorest regions and caused damages that will cost the country millions to tackle.
It has been reported recently there are corpses of dead animals in the area that have to be removed.
”Pumping water out of Miziya is the most important things for now, as a measure to prevent epidemics,” said Dr Iliyan Boykovski, chief expert at the healthcare and humane attitude towards animals chief directorate with the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, speaking for Radio FOCUS.
In his words, pumping water out of the town has to be done as quickly as possible so that the dead drowned animals are found and transported to an incinerator.
The expert said further the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency organised the special transportation of dead animals to an incinerator.
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Situation in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still complicated: BRC

Situation in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya still complicated: BRC

5 August 2014 | 09:34 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. “Situation in the Bulgarian flood-stricken town of Miziya is still complicated since the water has not withdrawn yet,” said Yasen Slivenski, Director of the Disasters Management Department with the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC), speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.
“There is no change in the town of Byala Slatina. I am in the town of Miziya for a fourth day. At the moment I am at the square in the central part of the town, where the station of the BSP is situated.
The level of the water is decreasing but half of the town is still under water,” Slivenski explained.
In his words, the movement in the town is done only by boats.
“We continue our work thanks to the donors. We hand out products of first necessity – water and food products, since the shops in the town are not working and this is the only possible way for people to get the needed products,” the expert added.
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Situation in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya remains complicated (ROUNDUP)

Situation in Bulgaria’s flood-stricken Miziya remains complicated (ROUNDUP)

5 August 2014 | 05:49 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Situation in the Bulgarian town of Miziya remains complicated after the flood that started on the night of Saturday to Sunday.
The level of the water registered a decrease on Monday but yet many buildings and streets are not passable.
“Level of the water in the flood-stricken town of Miziya has decreased by around 50-60centimetres, while the electricity supply has been restored in two-thirds of the town,” said Nikolay Nikolov, Director of the General Directorate for Fire Safety and Civil Protection, speaking for the Bulgarian National Radio (BNR) on Monday morning.
Mr Nikolov added that the teams of the directorate would start active work on the draining of the water inside flooded buildings in the towns of Miziya and Byala Slatina.
“50 more pumps will be sent to help the work on the field,” Nikolov remarked adding that the assessment of the damages would start today, too.
“The damages suffered by Bulgaria over the bad meteorological conditions in the past ten days is estimated at around BGN 500 million but the sum will probably loom even larger,” the expert remarked.
“We have started switching on the transformer stations in the flood-stricken town of Miziya under a controlled procedure,” said Viktor Stanchev, exploitation and maintenance director at CEZ Bulgaria.
He added that by yesterday afternoon, the major power supply facilities servicing the municipality had been switched on.
In his words, several other transformer stations had been switched on overnight.
“We continue re-launching the facilities but it is up to the level of the water,” Stanchev said further and explained that in many places the level of the water had reached and topped the height of the wall-plugs.
“BGN 5 million reserve of the Disasters and Breakdowns Commission will not be enough to cover the damages in the flood-stricken town of Miziya,” said Miziya Mayor Dr Violin Krushovenski commenting on the flood that hit the town on the night of Saturday to Sunday, speaking in an interview with FOCUS News Agency.
“We cannot say that the danger is over. The level of the water dropped by around 70 centimetres but the water column is of around 1.60 – 1.70 metres, which means that there is still no access to the streets and real estate,” the mayor added.
In his words, because of the long stay in water, many buildings are already soaked and there is a risk of demolition.
The mayor explained that the evacuated people were sheltered in three premises adapted as base camps.
“So far the reason for the flood is not clear. The experts say that there are no damaged dam walls, while people say that the rain cannot be a reason enough for the flood. I guess the dam lakes were overfilled, they overflowed and helped for this wave of water,” Krushovenski said further.
Meanwhile, in connection with the need of urgent assistance to hundreds of people affected by the floods in the district of Vratsa, the Bulgarian Red Cross (BRC) called upon the business and the big commercial chains to donate drinking water and non-perishable packed food products, the press office of the organisation announced.
Teams of the BRC are on the field and continue handing out water and snacks to the evacuated people. The organisation has unblocked its crisis reserve and provided 600 sleeping sets and blankets to the affected people.
The Bulgarian Red Cross works in coordination and constantly communicating with the Fire Safety and Civil Protection chief directorate. The BSR also activated its campaign for raising financial resources to aid the flood-affected people.
People willing to send an SMS at the price of BGN 1 can do it to the number of 1466, which is for clients of all mobile operators.
Donations are also collected at the following bank account:
Unicredit Bulbank
IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913
BIC: UNCRBGSF
In the meantime, the Bulgarian authorities warned about risk of more overflowed rivers.
“Rainfall will decrease today and tomorrow. It is expected for the level of the water in the river basins to increase,” the press office of the Bulgarian Ministry of Environment and Water announced.
According to the information of the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, there will be only rain-showers today, mostly in the mountain region sin West Bulgaria.
The expected rainfall is of 1 to 7 litres per square metre.
As a result of the precipitation over the past days, it is expected to report increase of the levels of the water in the rivers: Voynishka, Vidbol, Archar, Lom, Ogosta, Vit and Osam, Nishava, Iskar, Iskretska, Maritsa, Vacha, Arda, Mesta and Struma, Dzherman and Rolska.
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Bulgaria will seek assistance from the European Solidarity Fund

Bulgaria will seek assistance from the European Solidarity Fund

5 August 2014 | 03:43 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. Bulgaria will request assistance from the European Solidarity Fund in order to cope with the disaster in the town of Mizia which was hit by floods, Zemya daily reports. Donations in support of the flood victims can be transferred to:
UniCredit Bulbank
IBAN: BG64UNCR76301078660913 BIC: UNCRBGSF
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