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Serious traffic situation in Hungary

15 March 2013

Because of the serious traffic conditions in Western Europe, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends to Bulgarian citizens to undertake travelling in Central Europe only if absolutely necessary.

According to the Hungarian authorities, a Code Red weather warning has been declared in the country for heavy snowfalls, accompanied by strong winds, icy and slippery roads in the following areas in the north-west of the country: Somodor Zala, Vas, Veszprém, Győr-Moson-Sopron. Travelling the roads is difficult, with strong winds and many trucks stranded.

From midnight, the M1 international road Budapest – Győr– Vienna is closed in both directions from the region of the city of Győrto the Austrian border. Queues kilometres long have formed in both directions.

Since the morning, authorities have ordered all motor vehicles to return to Budapest until further notice. Officials are working at full capacity to open the road but there is no information about when this will happen.

The M7 international road Budapest – Batalon – Austria is closed for an indefinite period of time because of a chain accident involving between 40 and 60 vehicles.

The weather forecast for Friday and the upcoming weekend is not good. Temperatures are expected to continue to fall to a preliminary forecast of minus 15 degrees Celsius. It is reported that for safety reasons, further road closures (especially at night) may be expected.

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria reported that a number of groups of Bulgarian citizens are stranded, and that it is in constant contact with them.

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