(DF) State of Disaster Declared in Pernik Municipality

December 21 (BTA) – At a meeting here on Saturday, the Crisis Headquarters decided to declare a seven-day state of disaster in Pernik Municipality so as to implement emergency activities before the dead storage capacity of the Studena Dam is reached, Pernik Mayor Stanislav Vladimirov said. If necessary, the state of disaster period might be extended, he added. The city’s water supply has been restricted for a month now due to the quantity of water in the Studena Dam being at a critical minimum, Vladimirov recalled, adding that harsher restrictions were introduced on Friday. Still, these measures are insufficient because there is a real risk of the Studena Dam’s dead storage capacity being reached in the coming months. In Vladimirov’s words, Economy Minister Emil Karanikolov together with the State-owned Montagi EAD company will ensure the implementation of the emergency activities outlined in the last several days. These include drilling in the karst basin above the Studena Dam and the placement of an installation to reroute water from Strouma River to the Studena Dam. Minister Karanikolov, who attended Saturday’s meeting of the Crisis Headquarters, said that experts are conducting the necessary research and analyses. They are considering the potential rerouting of water from the Vladaya Channel to the Studena Dam, he also said. RY/DS