Snowstorms hit Bulgaria. Heavy rainfall on the night from Saturday to Sunday cut off electricity in over a thousand towns, and electricity is still being restored. Difficult weather conditions also paralyzed land transport and delayed many flights. There was also heavy rain in Romania and Moldova.
On the night from Saturday to Sunday, a zone of heavy snowfall passed over south-eastern Europe. The onslaught of winter was particularly felt by residents of Bulgaria, Romania and Moldova, where in places a 40-centimeter layer of snow fell within a few hours.
Without electricity, water and communication
More than a thousand towns across Bulgaria were left without electricity after heavy snowfall, the country’s Prime Minister Nikolai Denkov announced after an extraordinary government meeting called due to the difficult weather situation. As local media reported on Sunday afternoon, the restoration of electricity is still not complete.
As a result of snowstorms, a state of emergency was declared in four regions of the country. The most difficult situation is in the north-east of Bulgaria. In many towns there is no water and mobile telephony does not work. The roads between the cities are impassable. Emergency services receive ongoing information about fallen trees and branches blocking roads. By Sunday morning, over 100 people stuck in snowdrifts had been helped.
Snowstorms also took their toll on the residents of Sofia, the capital of Bulgaria. Part of the city was left without electricity and the road situation was very difficult. Flights from Sofia International Airport experience significant delays of up to four hours.
Difficult situation in Romania and Moldova
Romania’s National Meteorological Administration issued an orange blizzard alert on Sunday for the eastern and southeastern parts of the country. On the night from Saturday to Sunday, wind gusts exceeded 100 kilometers per hour throughout the south-eastern part of the country. Black Sea roads and ports are closed. Constanta is without drinking water and there is no electricity in 400 towns due to damaged power lines.
On Sunday morning, 36 sections of national roads and parts of two highways were blocked, where several drivers were stuck in snowdrifts. In the southern district of Jałomica, a bus with several dozen people on board overturned on a snow-covered road. One of them suffered minor injuries.
The authorities appealed to residents not to go on the roads because the difficult conditions make interventions very difficult. Children in regions affected by the alarm situation will not go to school on Monday, announced the Ministry of Education.
Snowflakes in Moldova
A critical weather situation is also occurring in Moldova, neighboring Romania. There, the authorities have already reported one fatality in a road accident. There was no electricity in over 160 towns on Sunday. There were also media reports of delays and canceled flights at Chisinau airport.
– There is heavy snowfall in the central and southern parts of the country. The situation is getting worse every hour. Despite the efforts of road services, traffic is very difficult. We ask you to refrain from traveling if possible, appealed the Minister of Infrastructure of Moldova, Andrej Spinu.
PAP, ENEX, vesti.bg, Radio Romania, adevarul.ro
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