UNICEF responds to Bulgarian floods
SOFIA, 10 August 2005: At the request of the Government of the Republic of Bulgaria, UNICEF has provided supplies and essential drugs to be distributed to the population badly affected by the recent floods and build up the reserves of the Civil Protection Agency.
The supplies, which are being distributed to about 10,000 families including 2,000 children, include water purifying tablets, oral rehydration salts, cooking sets, water tanks, basic family water kits and blankets and have a total value of about US$30,000. The supplies will help families whose homes have been destroyed and protect them against water-born diseases. The National Centre for Public Health Protection, with UNICEF support, has provided information leaflets on use of the medicines and on prevention of diarrhoeal diseases, promotion of breastfeeding and personal hygiene.
The State Agency of Civil Protection, together with UNICEF, will monitor the distribution of supplies.
Almost half of Bulgaria's municipalities have been hit by flooding in recent months. The flooding that followed torrential rainfall in early August was the third wave of flooding in the last four months. In total, the regions of Sofia, Plovdiv, Russe, Shumen, Silistra, Turgovishte, Veliko Tarnovo and Vratsa have all been badly affected.
For more information:
Jetchka Karaslavova, UNICEF Communication Officer, +359 2 9696207, firstname.lastname@example.org