Bulgaria has managed to restore the railway line in the southeastern part of the country leading to Turkey and Greece, which was badly affected by a major flooding.

The flood near the town of Harmanli, which damaged the railway line, was caused by the breaking of the Ivanovo water reservoir dam on February 6, 2012; the ensuing flooding killed ten locals.

The railway route in question is part of the most direct railway link from Turkey’s Istanbul to Central Europe; it also leads from Bulgaria to the Greek Aegean port Alexandroupolis.