The state is giving another 10 million BGN to the municipalities of Karlovo, Kaloyanovo and Maritsa, said Deputy Prime Minister Ivan Demerdzhiev after the meeting of the interdepartmental commission for recovery and assistance at the Council of Ministers.
According to the interior minister, the Ministry of the Interior has a budget balance of 34 million BGN, of which about 20 million has been given today to liquidate other consequences.
Demerdzhiev added that the total aid budget is about BGN 80 million, but only the damage from the latest disaster is BGN 80 million. He also said that prevention should be strengthened to save much of the cost of recovery.
“Prevention is very important, because if there is such a thing, such great damage will not occur,” the interior minister said categorically.
On September 2, after a torrential rain of 200 liters per square meter that lasted eight hours, populated areas in the municipalities of Karlovo, Maritsa and Kaloyanovo were flooded. They were flooded by the rivers Tatl Dere, Slatinska, Bogdanska and Stryama. The worst situation is in the villages of Karavelovo, Bogdan and Slatina in Karlovy Vary, where a state of emergency has been declared. More than 200 houses were affected, infrastructure, bridges were destroyed.
The army, the police and hundreds of volunteers are involved in clearing the villages. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, there is enough equipment on the ground and it works constantly.
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture, Valentin Chombov, added that about 80 logging sites in the region were checked, certain weaknesses were found, but there was no illegal logging. Several acts have been drawn up for administrative violations. Employees of the state forestry enterprises assist in the removal of the wood accumulated along the river massifs of the three settlements. At the designated three places – the stadiums and the school yard – almost 1000 cubic meters of wood was removed, which will later be distributed free of charge to the population.
Deputy Minister of Transport Krasimir Papukchiiski said that the damage to the railway infrastructure continues to be repaired. The affected sections are about 3 km. Sediment cleaning continues. Over 3000 cubic meters of internet material has been provided for the streets in the affected areas.