Six drown, four missing in Bulgarian floods

At least six people drowned and four, including a child, were missing Tuesday after being swept away in a flash flood in northeastern Bulgaria the previous night.

 Six drown, four missing in Bulgarian floods
At least six people drowned and four, including a child, were missing Tuesday after being swept away in a flash flood in northeastern Bulgaria the previous night.

The flash flood in Tsar Kaloyan, a town in the country's north- east, destroyed dozens of homes and swept vehicles into the gullies and ditches when the river rose above its banks amid torrential rain.

People whose homes were damaged were sheltered in a local school. The situation was aggravated by severed phone and road links. The community had declared a state of emergency following the disaster.

The water came days after the local authorities declared a state of emergency over the catastrophic consequences of a month-long draught on local farming.

A state of emergency was also declared in Pazardzik, in southern Bulgaria, after water submerged a section of the city and cellars.

Also affected by floods was the ski-resort Bansko, near Sofia, where the swollen river submerged the newest part of the town, including some brand-new hotels.

Large parts of the capital Sofia were without power during a severe storm on Monday.

Meteorologists predicted more heavy rainfall over the coming days in Bulgaria, which along with Romania has suffered dozens of lost lives and billions of dollars in damages in floods two summers ago.

Both countries joined EU in 2007.

DPA
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