1 Dead, 1 Missing in Floods in Bulgaria and Romania

Heavy rainfall across south east Europe has led to flooding in Bulgaria and Romania, a fears for river levels across the region.

Bulgaria

Currently the worst affected area is in the north and in particular the district of Gabrovo, where one woman has been reported as killed in the floods in the village of Vranilovtsi. A man, believed to be the son of the deceased, is also missing.

Focus Information Agency say that other villages in the district have also been affected by flooding, including Tranevo, Yavorets, Novakovtsi, Gabene and Stoevtsi. Homes have been flooded and water and power supply hit by the floods.

The recent heavy rainfall in the country has prompted Bulgaria’s Ministry of Environment and Waters to issue warnings for high river levels and risk of floods.

Gabrovo suffered from damaging floods just last month, when many parts of Bulgaria were hit by flash floods, killing at least 11 people.

Romania

Floods also hit the counties of Bistrița-Năsăud in the north, and Gorj and Dolj in the south west of Romania yesterday, 28 July 2014. Between 50 and 70 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in the region.

Four bridges and over 70 houses were damaged by flood water in Bistrița-Năsăud. Emergency services had to evacuate over 20 people from a flooded religious camp in the area.

In Gorj, 500 people were evacuated from several villages around the town of Novaci on 29 July 2014. Reports say that many of the residents in the villages had been cut off by flood water which stood as high as 3 metres in some areas. The flooding in the area was a result of the River Gilort which had burst its banks.

Yesterday the National Institute of Hydrology has assigned Code Orange for flood risk for most of the rivers in south-western Romania.

Serbia

Neighbouring Serbia has also seen large amounts of rain in the last 2 days. Over 50mm of rain fell in Belgrade in the last 24 hours. Serbia is still recovering from the disastrous floods that hit the country in May this year.

Prolonged heavy rainfall in the region are may well have a severe impact of levels of the Danube river.