Sofia, September 20, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Clive Leviev-Sawyer of The Sofia Globe
Bulgaria’s Cabinet agreed on September 20 to grant financial assistance of 300 000 leva (about 153 440 euro) to the FYROM to help its neighbouring country tackle the effects of the disastrous floods in the regions of Skopje and Tetovo on August 6 and 7.
The grant comes in addition to technical and humanitarian assistance already provided by Bulgaria.
The funding will come out of the development assistance and humanitarian aid budget of the Bulgarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
It will be paid out in two equal instalments, to the Red Cross of FYR Macedonia for dealing with the emergency situation, and to the neighbouring country’s finance ministry for dealing with material damage, including the restoration of infrastructure destroyed in the torrential fatal floods of August.
The Bulgarian government said that its financial assistance would contribute both to address the short-term needs of the affected population, and the medium and long term recovery of flood-affected regions.
Bulgaria was a strong commitment to the fate of the affected population in the affected areas and solidarity to the authorities’ efforts to tackle the severe consequences of the floods, the Bulgarian government said in a September 20 statement.
In August, torrential rain hit FYROM’s capital Skopje, leaving at least 21 people dead, some drowned in their cars as the rain inundated streets. The flooding caused extensive damage to property, with initial estimates stating that more than 5000 homes in the capital and elsewhere had been affected by the deluge.
The European Commission announced on August 15 a sum of 150 000 euro in humanitarian assistance to support people affected by the flash floods and landslides in the former Yugoslav republic.