Photo Story: Floods Wreak Havoc in Bulgaria

The last days of July, with temperatures rising above 39 degrees on Celsius, showed no signs of what would follow. No one in Bulgaria knew that torrential rains would bring unknown for the country disaster that would turn the lives of almost half of the nation upside down.... The calamity claimed the lives of six people. More than 10,000 were left homeless after the four days of torrential rains brought unseen over the last 50 years floods in Bulgaria. The disaster came just as life was returning to normal after the previous month's floods hit and devastated the north-eastern parts of the country. A state of emergency was declared in 23 municipalities, which account for almost one-third of Bulgaria's 8 million people. The natural calamity left major highways under water and cut transportation links between cities. Sofia News Agency Photo Reporters Yuliana Nikolova, Kameliya Atanasova and Nadya Kotzeva documented the disaster, proving that a picture is worth a thousand words. Click on the pictures to read more.
1 of 10 | August 8, 2005, Monday Sofia Photo Agency

- More than 2,000 people in Ihtiman, situated 50km southeast of Sofia, were left homeless after massive floods seriously damaged their homes.

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