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12 die in flooding in Bulgaria after heavy rain

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) - At least 12 people died and an unknown number were missing after heavy rain and floods hit parts of northeastern Bulgaria, officials said Friday.

Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev confirmed that 10 bodies, including two children, were recovered from floodwaters in the worst-hit Black Sea resort town of Varna. It was unclear how many more people were missing after torrential rain flooded large parts of the town.

Two more bodies were recovered in the northern city of Dobrich.

A state of emergency was declared in Varna's low-lying district of Asparuhovo, where many houses were flooded and dozens of cars had floated away, in some cases lying on top of each other. Rescue teams were bringing distressed people to temporary shelters.

Many people seen on the streets were crying over the deaths of loved ones, others desperately looked for help.

Yani Yanev, a 61-year-old resident of the Asparuhovo district, pointed at the mud-covered streets, wrecked cars and debris, saying it was the worst disaster in his lifetime.

"It is unbelievable and unexplainable when you look at all the damage around caused by the flood that hit us," Yanev said.

Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski, who arrived in Varna early Friday, called the flooding "a huge tragedy." The government declared Monday, June 23, a national day of mourning.

Large parts of the Balkan country have been hit by heavy rain and hailstorms, and hundreds of people have been cut off from electricity and food supplies.

Emergency teams were dispatched to the worst-affected areas, and the Bulgarian Red Cross was providing drinking water, food and essential supplies to victims.

The national meteorological service said rainfall in eastern Bulgaria in the past 24 hours equaled the average amount for a month, and warned that more rain was expected.

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icikebbocsike June 19 2014 at 7:54 PM

poor people ... so hard to find words for this tragedy... hope they get relief and the help they need...

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rlmcanoe June 19 2014 at 6:50 PM

this is horrible, must have been very scary for those that made it through. condolences to family and friends who lost a loved one.

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Erik Baran rlmcanoe June 19 2014 at 10:06 PM

Yeah, those that didn't make it through must have been calm and at ease.

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ticktockticktock1 June 19 2014 at 6:51 PM

That's terrible. Seem that there was an increase of flooding around the world. The global climate is getting unstable lately.

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Alisha June 19 2014 at 7:00 PM

I hope they get the help they need.

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miriamisrael1 Alisha June 20 2014 at 11:08 AM

You can donate to the red cross, and feed the children. That's what I do to help

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calderasf June 19 2014 at 7:19 PM

Once again we see massive floods in Europe this has become the norm from climate change now if only the ignorant repubnut party the only people on the planet anti-science like the church of the middle ages to wake up in their opposition to saving our planet.

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ticktockticktock1 June 19 2014 at 7:32 PM

Remember the collapsed side of the hill in Washington State. One mile of destruction ... scary.

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botcheditagain000 ticktockticktock1 June 20 2014 at 12:30 PM

How embarrassing to die like that. Not only is he full of mud, he's wearing a really ugly outfit.

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Frostie botcheditagain000 June 20 2014 at 2:57 PM

What a stupid thoughtless comment.

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Mike June 19 2014 at 7:47 PM

I will say prayers for the suffering.

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bigred8690 June 19 2014 at 6:45 PM

Quick, Putin! Send in the Russian Army to help these poor people!

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calderasf bigred8690 June 19 2014 at 7:20 PM

Another invasion for the commies

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Wizard bigred8690 June 19 2014 at 8:44 PM

I seriously doubt they care about Bulgaria its isn't part of Russia and never really was except under stalin.

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LorinThePhotographer Wizard June 20 2014 at 10:03 AM

He means Bulgarians are "commies" of which that was once true. Communism was/is not just Russian.

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tonden123 June 19 2014 at 11:17 PM

The rains saturated the Andes Mountains and the runoff game down the mountain and flooded this city.......I have been there, I know

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botcheditagain000 June 20 2014 at 11:55 AM

Good grief...if they aren't smart enough to stay out of the rain, good riddance.

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