Bulgaria – Hundreds evacuated after devastating floods in Plovdiv province – FloodList

Hundreds of people have left their homes after devastating floods inundated villages in central Bulgaria.

Flood damage in Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, September 2022. Photo: Plovdiv Fire Department

Torrential rains on September 2, 2022 caused rivers and streams to overflow and flooded several villages in Plovdiv province, including Bogdan, Rozino, Karavelovo, Stoletovo, Pesnopoi and Trilistnik.

The flooding was reportedly 1.5 to 2 meters deep in some areas. Local media reported that the entire Bogdan village was once submerged after a dam along the Stryama River failed. At least 200 homes across the province were damaged or destroyed. Damage to infrastructure left the area without electricity and drinking water. Bridges and roads were also destroyed, leaving some villages isolated. Military helicopters were used to deliver relief supplies and carry out the rescue of around 6 people. Another 40 or more people were rescued by boat. As of September 5, a total of around 500 people had moved from their homes to safer locations.

Teams from the military, fire departments from different regions, local authorities and volunteers have started a massive clean-up operation.

Flood damage in Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, September 2022. Photo: Plovdiv Fire Department
Flood damage in Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, September 2022. Photo: Plovdiv Fire Department
Flood damage in Plovdiv Province, Bulgaria, September 2022. Photo: Plovdiv Fire Department

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