Evros River swells to dangerous levels

Regional authorities in Evros on Greece’s northeastern border warned on Wednesday that the Evros River had reached dangerously high levels and was at risk of breaking its banks.

At the gauging station at Kipoi, the river had reached 4 meters on Wednesday, 40 centimeters above the recommended safe level.

Local farmers have been urged to evacuate livestock and machinery from the banks of the 480-kilometer Evros River, which has swelled significantly over the past few days after a dam at Ivaylovgrad in southeast Bulgaria overflowed due to a surge of water from rain and melting snow.