World Bulletin/News Desk
Rescue teams evacuated over 500 people overnight from the small Bulgarian town of Mizia after torrential rains caused flooding that claimed at least one casualty, an interior ministry official said on Sunday.
Rescue teams with boats and helicopters were still evacuating stranded people on Sunday. One man was found dead in his flooded home, said Nikola Nikolov, head of the ministry's fire safety and civil protection unit.
Over 50 houses have collapsed after the Skut River, which runs through the town, burst its banks. Hundreds of houses remain under water. Another town and several villages in the northwestern area, which is close to the Danube, were also hit by floods.
"It was terrible, terrible. The water kept coming and coming. My home is under water. Luckily I have an aunt who lives in the higher parts of the town. I think we will be at least 30 people in that house tonight," Valia Mircheva, a farmer from Mizia, told BTV television.
The rains have ceased, and weather forecasters say they do not expect heavy rain in the next few days.
Floods this summer have killed more than 15 people in Balkan countries Bulgaria and Romania.
Three people drowned in southwestern Romania and another was missing after heavy floods last week, which hit over 250 villages and triggered the evacuation of over 2,000 people.
Around 11 Bulgarians died after a flood wave ripped through the Black Sea city of Varna in June.
In late May, Balkan countries Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia were hit by the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago.
The PM said he was confident that a crucial EU-IMF reforms audit could conclude despite certain "absurd" demands.
President-elect expected to formally announce choice as early as next week
Republicans on Saturday rejected news reports about a secret CIA assessment finding that Russia sought to tip the US election in Trump's favor.
UN Security Council demands Gambia's Jammeh hand over power
Increased aggressiveness against ISIL could lead to heightened danger at home. Her message comes as Germany and its allies seek new ways to counter radicalism.
Worshippers were attending ordination for church’s founder
Arshad al-Salihi says only Turkey helped thousands of Turkmen who fled Iraq's Tal Afar to Syria's Azaz district
A young Muslim woman who was assaulted by three drunk men on the NY subway last week was reported missing and has now been located
Protesters demand Labour leader to say more on humanitarian aid in Syria
"The Colombian peace agreement is a ray of hope in a world troubled by so many conflicts and so much intolerance," he said.
Jerome Starkey of The Times was detained at airport without charge
John Kerry has said that the Syrian regime guilty of 'crimes against humanity, war crimes': Kerry
Al-Shabaab have claimed responsibility for attack which took place at Somali military base near Mogadishu
On September 22, 1979, the American Vela 6911 satellite designed to detect nuclear tests from orbit, observed a curious double flash originating near the Prince Edward Islands off the coast of Antarctica in the southern Atlantic.
PM Cazeneuve cites concerns over terrorist threats as France holds presidential and parliamentary elections next year
Many incoming cabinet members have railed against the worker protections and environmental and corporate regulations that President Barack Obama has enacted.