Thursday 27 November 2014

12 killed by floods in North-eastern Bulgaria

Published 20/06/2014 | 10:12

Partially-submerged cars are pictured during heavy flooding in the city of Varna, in northeastern Bulgaria, June 19, 2014. One man was killed and four others were missing after torrential rains hit the eastern parts of the Balkan country, local media reported. REUTERS/Impact Press Group (BULGARIA  - Tags: ENVIRONMENT DISASTER)

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Partially-submerged cars are pictured during heavy flooding in the city of Varna, in northeastern Bulgaria

At least 12 people are known to have died and an unknown number of others are missing after heavy rain and flooding hit parts of north-eastern Bulgaria.

Police officials in the worst-hit Black Sea resort town of Varna confirmed that 10 bodies have been recovered from floodwater. It remains unclear how many other people are still missing after torrential rain flooded large parts of the coastal town.

Two more bodies were pulled from muddy water in the northern city of Dobrich.

A state of emergency has been declared in Varna's low-lying district of Asparuhovo, where many houses are flooded and dozens of cars have floated away and are lying on top of each other.

Rescue teams were taking distressed people to temporary shelters.

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