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Police in the worst-hit Black Sea resort town of Varna have confirmed that 10 bodies have been recovered from floodwaters. It was unclear how many more people were missing after torrential rain flooded large parts of the coastal town, the AP said.
Two more bodies were pulled from muddy waters in the northern city of Dobrich.
A state of emergency has been declared in Varna's low-lying district of Asparuhovo, where many houses are flooded and dozens of cars have floated away and are lying on top of each other. Rescue teams are bringing distressed people to temporary shelters.
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 left without electricity and food supplies.
The national meteorological service said the rain that fell in eastern Bulgaria in the past 24 hours equaled the usual amount per month and warned that more rain was expected.