Bulgarians protest severe water shortage in industrial city

Bulgarians protest severe water shortage in industrial city
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  • calendar-gray 25 January 2020

Residents of a Bulgarian city experiencing a severe months-long water shortage gathered in front of the government headquarters Saturday demanding urgent measures to address what they described as a looming humanitarian crisis, APA reports citing Associated Press.

Protesters voiced suspicions that bribery and incompetence were behind the water shortage in the industrial city of Pernik. They warned that the reservoir at Studena Dam, the city’s only water source, would be empty in two weeks.

The water crisis in Pernik, located 30 kilometres (20 miles) west of Sofia, Bulgaria’s capital, peaked in November when local authorities imposed water rationing due to the lack of supplies from the nearby dam.

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