Deadly flooding in eastern Europe
While back home we’ve got monsoon-related flooding concerns in parts of Colorado and Oklahoma this week, even bigger and deadly floods are overtaking parts of Romania and Bulgaria this week.
Major rains have swept through central Bulgaria and southwestern Romania, killing at least three and forcing hundreds more to evacuate.
The Romanian government sent three helicopters to evacuate people in rural villages in the southwestern part of the country, primarily in the Gorj and Valcea counties. At least 1,600 troops were mobilized by the Romanian government to help with relief efforts as well, and the Romanian prime minister toured flood-stricken areas this week.
Crops, particularly grain and vegetable ones, have been severely impacted by the flooding, with as much as 60 percent of crop yields reduced.
Floods are unfortunately no recent stranger to this part of the world, where just last month severe flooding killed 13 people in the coastal city of Varna in Bulgaria. Slow-moving thunderstorms brought a month’s worth of rain in just 24 hours along Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast, leading to the killer floods.
A big low affecting much of central Europe now is expected to progress eastward, unfortunately likely bringing more rains to the region for the next two days before drying out this weekend.
Meteorologist Chris Bianchi