Electricity cut to hundreds of towns in Bulgaria

Heavy snowfall shut dozens of roads in Bulgaria on Sunday, and cut electricity to hundreds of towns in Bulgaria, authorities said.

17 Jan 2016 – Code Red declared in 3 Bulgarian districts over heavy snowfall – Smolyan, Kardzhali, and Haskovo . Code Orange is in force in 13 other districts and Code Yellow – in the rest of Bulgarian districts, TASS reported.

Snow-cover in the capital Sofia has grown to 30 cm to 40 cm (12 to 16 inches) over the past twenty-four hours.

Local authorities are for now managing to clean the central streets in the city, while the small ones have disappeared under the snow.

Lots of trees fell in parks.
Public transport is encountering difficulties.
According to Sofia Mayor Yordanka Fandakova, all available equipment has been put to use but the city cannot cope and small streets will be cleaned only after the snowfall ceases.

Ms Fandakova called on Sofia residents to avoid travelling by car and also join snow-clearing activities at least in front of their homes.

Traffic has been suspended in a number of Bulgarian regions.

The district administration declared a state of emergency.
According to weather forecasts, the snowfall will become heavier and will continue for two more days.

Afterwards temperatures will drop to -20°C.

A state of emergency has been declared in the municipality of Svishtov, district of Veliko Tarnovo, Mayor Gencho Genchev told Radio FOCUS – Veliko Tarnovo.

According to Genchev there are shut roads and power and water supply has been cut off in most villages in Svishtov Municipality.

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/01/17/395392/tass-code-red-declared-in-3-bulgarian-districts-over-heavy-snowfall.html

http://www.focus-fen.net/news/2016/01/17/395401/state-of-emergency-declared-in-bulgarias-svishtov-municipality.html

http://uk.reuters.com/article/us-romania-weather-idUKKCN0UV0F3

Thanks to Argiris Diamantis and Mito Sosic for these links