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£330M needed to repair Bulgarian landslides

Bulgaria’s government is looking to use the EU Solidarity Fund to help meet the costs of stabilising 1850 landslide recorded in the country.

The need for BGN870M (£330M) of work to reinforce landslide prone areas was announced by regional minister Lilyana Pavlova yesterday.

Pavlova said, of the 1850 known landslides, the most serious are located in the regions of Varna, Smolyan and Kardzhali. She added that many of the recorded landslides have resulted in road closures or have put residential and commercial properties at risk.

According to Pavlova, an additional BGN20M (£7.5M) is likely to be needed each year to address the damage from new landslides affecting roads in Bulgaria.

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