Heavy rainfall in the Black Sea resort city of
Varna triggered a flood wave late on Thursday in one of its
low-laying 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 declared.
"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 Portnih
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 equaled the
usual amount per month and warned new rainfall and thunderstorms
were expected in northern and eastern Bulgaria on Friday.
In late May, neighboring Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and
Croatia were hit by the heaviest rainfall since records began
120 years ago. At least 40 people were killed.
(Reporting by Tsvetelia Tsolova; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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