Partially-submerged cars are pictured during heavy flooding in the city of Varna, in northeastern Bulgaria. REUTERS/Impact Press Group
Torrential rains and floods have hit Bulgaria, killing at
least 10 people, cutting off electricity, blocking roads and
sparking evacuations, officials said.
Heavy rainfall in the Black Sea resort city of Varna
triggered a flood wave late on Thursday (local time) in one
of its low-lying suburbs that killed at least 10 people, the
mayor of Varna told the national radio.
TV footage showed smashed cars on top of each other on the
streets of the suburb, where a state of emergency was
"The tragedy is enormous. I am here on a street in the suburb
of Aspruhovo. The street is not here, the houses are not
here, there are cars on top of each other," Varna mayor Ivan
Electricity in the suburb was cut off, the mayor said.
In central Bulgaria, firefighters evacuated 11 people from
the top of their houses in the town of Kilifarevo, police
said. Thunderstorms and heavy rains flooded roads and damaged
houses in several villages near the capital.
Weather forecasters said the rains that fell in the eastern
regions of Varna and Burgas in the past 24 hours equalled the
usual amount per month and warned new rainfall and
thunderstorms were expected in northern and eastern Bulgaria
In late May, neighbouring Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and
Croatia were hit by the heaviest rainfall since records began
120 years ago. At least 40 people were killed.