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Flooding kills 10 in Bulgaria's Varna

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Cars skid in the water in the flooded area of the Black sea town of Varna, Bulgaria, Thursday, June 19, 2014.

At least ten people have died and several are missing after heavy rain and flooding hit Bulgaria’s northeastern city of Varna.

Ivan Portnih, the mayor of Varna, said heavy rainfall in the Black Sea resort city triggered a flood wave late on Thursday in one of its low-lying suburbs, killing at least 10 people in the area.

Vehicles were carried away by the floods and streets and houses were demolished in the port city.

“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,” Portnih added.

Varna’s mayor also said the electricity was cut off in the area and that it will not be restored anytime soon for safety reasons.

According to local reports, several other people are missing. Authorities say the death toll is expected to rise.

There have also been hailstorms and heavy rain in other parts of Bulgaria in recent days.

Police said, firefighters evacuated 11 people from the roofs of their houses in the town of Kilifarevo in central Bulgaria. Thunderstorms and torrential rains also flooded roads and damaged houses in several villages near the capital city of Sofia.

Weather forecasters have warned that new rainfall and thunderstorms are expected in northern and eastern Bulgaria on Friday.

Earlier in May, neighboring Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia were hit by the heaviest rainfall and floods that have been unprecedented in 120 years. At least 40 people were killed and hundreds of thousands have been affected by the flooding.


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