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Fourteen dead in Bulgaria flash floods

  • A man stands in front of damaged houses on a muddy street of a suburb of the Black Sea port of Varna, Bulgaria, on June 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV

VARNA, Bulgaria: Flash floods in Bulgaria have killed at least 14 people, including two children, with others missing after torrential rains lashed the east of the country, authorities said Friday.

The worst hit was the Asparuhovo neighborhood of the Black Sea port city of Varna, where at least 11 people including two children died, local authorities said.

A 7-year-old child, who said he was with his sister and grandmother when the disaster hit, was rescued and taken to hospital.

Three more victims drowned in the nearby northeastern town of Dobrich and 150 people were evacuated from the lowest part of the town, where the water level remained waist-high Friday evening, an AFP photographer said.

A total of 1,200 tourists, including Germans, Russians and Britons, were evacuated – some via helicopters – from the nearby resort of Albena, resort chief Krasimir Stanev said.

Many Ukrainian children meanwhile remained blocked in their hotel in the village of Kranevo.

Navy divers continued to search a canal linking Lake Varna to the Black Sea, where all the floodwater drained away, dragging with it cars, furniture, garbage and uprooted trees. Two bodies were recovered.

Soldiers and 40 prisoners helped to evacuate people and clean up the piles of mud and garbage from the streets of Asparuhovo.

 
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Daily Star on June 21, 2014, on page 9.
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