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No Relief for Bulgaria's Danube Town of Lom

Date: 02.07.2010

The situation with the level of the river Danube in the Bulgarian stretch is still critical, even though in most sections it subsided overnight by six cm.

Levels of the Danube river are threatening north-western Bulgarian town of Lom with flooding. The river at Lom reached as high as 870 cm on Friday morning, which has obstructed activities in the town's port.

Homes in some neighborhoods are starting to get flooded by underground waters. There is danger that drinking water in Lom can be contaminated by flood waters.

Constant monitoring of the level of Danube is under way in Russe, Bulgaria's largest town on the Danube river, Vidin and Silistra.

The level of the river has been steadily rising for the last few weeks and the weather forecasts are troubling, with more rain coming this week. Local authorities are also keeping an eye on nearby tributaries flowing into the Danube.

Lom and other Bulgarian towns on the Danube suffered considerable damage from floods in 2005.

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