Heavy snow, rain leave more than 450 000 in Bulgaria without electricity, cause road closures

Heavy snow, rain leave more than 450 000 in Bulgaria without electricity, cause road closures

Sofia, January 18, 2016/Independent Balkan News Agency

Snowfall measuring up to a reported 40cm in northern Bulgaria and heavy rainfall cut off electricity to more than 450 000 customers in Bulgaria on January 17, while a number of major roads remained closed by nightfall although all national motorways were open to traffic.

The roads that remained closed by 6pm included the Rousse – Silistra, Rousse – Razgrad – Shoumen and Silistra – Shoumen routes. Lorries were banned from using the road from capital city Sofia to Kalotina at the Serbian border.

The Petrohan Pass, closed earlier in the day, was open but could be used only by cars and lorries up to 12 tons.

Regional Development and Public Works Minister Liliyana Pavlova said that people travelling anywhere in the country should embark on car journeys only if prepared, with the cars fitted with winter tyres, full fuel tanks and with people having ensured that their mobile phones are fully charged.