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Landslide Blocks Major European Road in Sofia Suburb

Bulgaria
Photo: The torrential rains flooded Sofia and its suburbs, making some of the roads virtually impassable. Photo by Yuliana Nikolova (Sofia Photo Agency)

May 20, 2007
A landslide caused by the heavy torrential rains blocked the E79 European road in the Vladaya suburb of Bulgarian capital Sofia late on Sunday.

The road links the city to the southwestern part of the country, continuing on to Greece through the Kulata border checkpoint.

Emergency crews are cleaning up the debris, but their work is complicated by the downpour, while the traffic has been detoured to a bypass road.

Some emergency units had to be dispatched to clear another landslide, which blocked a lesser road, from Sofia to Samokov in the foothills of the Rila Mountains.

The torrential downpour has swelled the small rivers passing through the Bulgarian capital, causing minor damages and slowing down traffic.
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