Bulgaria – Deadly Floods in Burgas After Torrential Rain

At least 3 people died after torrential rain between 24 and 25 October triggered flooding in the province of Burgas, south east Bulgaria.

Burgas provincial government announced a state of emergency in the municipality of Kameno soon after the heavy rain began. Streets and buildings were flooded in the villages of Polski Izvor, Livada, Trastikovo and Cherni Vrah.

Later an emergency was declared for parts of Burgas municipality. According to local government statement, the districts of Gorno Ezerovo and Dolno Ezerovo and villages of Ravnets and Bratovo were among the worst affected. Local authorities have provided temporary accommodation for at least 22 people forced from their homes in Ravnets. Some flooding was also reported in Tsarevo and Karnobat municipalities.

Local media said the three fatalities occurred in Ravnets (Burgas municipality), Livada and Polski Izor (Kameno Municipality).

Some schools were closed in the area and several villages were left without electricity. For a short time emergency teams were unable to reach all of the affected places due to blocked and flooded roads.

Clean up operations are now well underway. Burgas Municipality Mayor, Dimitar Nikolov, said that initial estimates suggest damage costs of around BGN 4 million (USD 2.3 million), mostly for urgent repair of streets, bridges and other road infrastructure. Some state aid has been made available to households whose homes suffered flood damage.

Dimitar Nikolov told local media that over 60 mm of rain had fallen in a very short period of time.

Burgas Municipality said that its river monitoring system helped prevent more serious consequences. The system notified operators of increasing levels of the Chaklerish, Izvor and Malka rivers when the heavy rainfall began. Alerts were then sent to the Municipal Directorate for Crisis Management, Public Order and Security and distributed to all local authorities and mayors.

Mayor Dimitar Nikolov oversees flood clean up operations in Burgas, Bulgaria, October 2017. Photo: Municipality of Burgas, Bulgaria

Flood Summary

Last updated: November 6, 2017
Event
Burgas, Bulgaria, October 2017
Date
October 24 to October 26, 2017
Type
Flash flood
Cause
Extreme rainfall

Locations

A - Ravnets
B - Bratovo
C - Livada
D - Trastikovo
E - Gorno Ezerovo
F - Dolno Ezerovo
G - Tsarevo
H - Karnobat

Magnitude

Rainfall level
60 mm in 24 hours
Burgas district - October 24 to October 25, 2017
According to local media reports, quoting Mayor of Burgas, nearly all the rain fell in a few hours.
River level
Overflowing
Veleka river, Kosti, Burgas Province - October 24 to October 26, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Chaklerish river, Burgas municipality - October 24 to October 26, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Izvor river, Burgas municipality - October 24 to October 26, 2017
River level
Overflowing
Malka river, Burgas municipality - October 24 to October 26, 2017

Damages

Fatalities
5 people
Burgas Province - October 24 to October 26, 2017

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