June 20 - Torrential rains leave Bulgaria underwater where at least 10 have been killed. Gavino Garay reports.
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Bulgaria is underwater -- and in a state of emergency.
Torrential rainfall here has claimed the lives of at least 10 people.
Officials said a flood wave hit the Black Sea resort village of Varna, cutting off electricity.
The Bulgarian Prime Minister explains.
(SOUNDBITE) (Bulgarian) BULGARIAN PRIME MINISTER, PLAMEN ORESHARSKI, SAYING:
"It is assumed, that a large quantity of rain water collected from two streets ended up in a small, steep street, then the water devastated several houses and many cars."
Rescuers worked overnight and in the dark to free those trapped.
In central Bulgaria, firefighters plucked at least 11 people from the roofs of their homes.
Weather forecasters said the amount of rain that fell in 24 hours is equal to an average of one month's rainfall.
In May, neighboring Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia were hit hard by the heaviest rainfall in 120 years, killing at least 40 people.