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Emergency situation in Evros due to flood waters of Maritsa River

15 February 2010 / 13:02:13  GRReporter
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By decision of the Governor Nikos Zabounidis of Evros an emergency situation was declared because of the incoming waters from the Bulgaria river Maritsa. The river is rising dangerously in the last hours. The regional governor urged all citizens living in the delta of Maritsa to leave immediately. In the region there are many farmers, cattle breeders, hunters, fishermen and many visitors.

The situation is very critical. We have not yet reached a disastrous situation, but we are threatened to be in distress very soon, "said Deputy Interior Minister Giorgos Dolios, who participated in the meeting of local authorities in Orestiada. The most critical situation is in Lavara, where the water has started flooding houses. Only some families have managed to evacuate and they are safe now.

The truth is that the worst is yet to come, because there are pouring rains in Bulgaria and the sudden rise in temperature caused the heavy snow that fell last week in the country, to melt. In southeastern Bulgaria, the situation is most severe, because there are floods in the regions of Sliven, Yambol and Elhovo. Arda River remains calmer, but from today Bulgaria will no longer be able to keep its waters within its territory and it will release them to Greece, so there a possibility of heavy floods.

In Pitio region the level of Maritsa River passed 6 meters. The agricultural complex Psatadon is already flooded and in Kornofoliya around 4 000 hectares are under water. In Tihert another 6 000 hectares are flooded and in Petalo - another 8 000 hectares. So far in Evros a total of over 100 000 hectares of arable land are flooded. In many places the water has splashed over the railways and the railway link between Alexandroupolis and Ormenion is stopped and movement in the region is made by bus.

The Secretary of the Region of East Macedonia and Thrace Theodora Kokla promised that the area will provide all available resources to help people in flood endangered areas. Meteorologists predict no improvement in the weather.

Tags: Weather Bulgaria Greece flood Maritsa River
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