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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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