Bulgaria and Greece launched a project worth 823,200 euro ($1.08 million) aimed at reducing the risk of flooding along the Arda river banks.
The project's goal is to identify factors causing flooding in the region, to map out activities for installing additional automatic rain gauges and water-measuring stations, and to design hydrological and hydraulic models for simulation of high water in the forecasting of flooding, state-run Bulgarian News Agency said on Tuesday citing information from the country's environment ministry.
Funding will be secured under the Bulgarian-Greek Programme for European Territorial Cooperation and the two countries' state budgets.
The project will run for 24 months.
The 290 kilometre Arda flows eastward past Rudozem, Kardzhali and Ivaylovgrad in southern Bulgaria and enters Greece in the northern part of the Evros regional unit.