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Bulgaria: The government declared state of emergency in the danube municipalities

Govt. Bulgaria
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The officials made the decision because of the danger of floods and it concerns the following municipalities: Bregovo, Novo Selo, Vidin and Dimovo (Vidin District); Lom and Vulchedrum (Montana District); Kozlodui and Oryahovo (Vratsa District); Dolna Mitropolia, Goulyantsi, Nikopol and Belene (Pleven District); Svishtov (Veliko Turnovo District); Tsenovo, Borovo, Ivanovo, Rousse and Slivo Pole (Rousse District) and Tutrakan, Glavnitsa, Sitovo and Silistra (Silistra District).

The cabinet delegates the mayors of the municipalities to carry out the organised evacuation of the endangered population if the need arises.

The danger of floods appeared due to the record level of the Danube River. The highest levels of the river near the town of Vidin are as follows: 1981 -- 827sm; 1988 -- 880sm; 2005 -- 860sm. The river level is expected to spike due to the flow of the tributaries.

The authorities have taken the necessary measures to duly inform the population; 24-hour duties have started; and embankments are being reinforced. The local media inform the people what safety measures to take.