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18 Dec 2015 description
report IRIN

By Christina Wassholm

It is just after midnight when they arrive at the registration centre in Dimitrovgrad on Serbia’s eastern border with Bulgaria.

The 17 Afghan men are all exhausted after a seven-hour walk over the mountain that forms the border between Bulgaria and Serbia. Their faces, hands, and arms are covered in scratches and their eyes are bloodshot from fatigue.

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03 Aug 2007 description

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is providing $50,000 for the purchase of fire fighting equipment to assist the Government of Bulgaria in combating recent wildfires.

U.S. Chargé d'Affaires Alexander Karagiannis declared a disaster in Bulgaria on August 1 due to the impact of wildfires in the country.

27 Jul 2007 description


Aapproximately 100 fires started burning in the week 18 - 23 July, affecting approximately 1,500 hectares of forest near the city Kukws in northern Albania (National Park of Valbone, near the border to Kosovo (forest of Germenj) and near the Greek border.

Albania sent a request for international disaster assistance on 23 July at 17:00 UTC, asking for aerial fire fighting capacities, because the use of standard fire fighting equipment is ineffective, since the disaster area is mountainous.

24 Jul 2007 description
report European Commission


Brussels, 24 July 2007. Since the end of June, the Commission's Monitoring and Information Centre (MIC) has received a total of 8 requests for assistance from Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Bulgaria and, most recently the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia - to help combat the forest fires raging across Southern Europe. These requests triggered an immediate response from the MIC. Assistance was made available through the Community Civil Protection Mechanism by various Member States, including Italy, France, Spain and Greece.

20 Jul 2007 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

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20 Jul 2007 description

NATO's Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre has passed on to NATO and Partner countries requests for assistance from Bulgaria, Albania and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (1).

The urgent requests are for specialized firefighting aircraft and helicopters to help fight a wave of forest fires that has struck the countries.

The Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) is a "24/7" focal point for coordinating disaster relief efforts among NATO member and Partner countries.

The Centre has guided consequence management efforts in …

18 May 1999 description


  • Under the aegis of the joint "Focus" humanitarian relief programme of the Russian Federation, Greece and Switzerland, set up on 28 April, a team of ecology/environment experts is being dispatched to the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia (FRY) in the coming days. Two "Focus" humanitarian convoys have already gone to Pristina and Nis in FRY.
10 May 1999 description


  • Albanian officials say they will accept as many as one million refugees if necessary. Macedonian border appears
    to be closed.
  • Estimated number of refugees and displaced people has reached more than 718,000 - including 230,900 in FYR