Heavy storms and floods this summer have killed 17 people and caused 393 million levs ($248 million) of damage in Bulgaria, the Black Sea country's government said on Thursday.
From May to July, most of the victims were killed by lightning or drowned in swollen rivers and lakes as fierce storms swept the Balkan region.
OCHA Situation Report No. 1 2005/07/21
Ground floors and basements of residential and agricultural buildings have been flooded. Road traffic and railway transport are seriously affected as well as telephone lines, electricity and water supply systems. Landslide activation, undermining of the basis of bridges, and damage of roads occurred in many places as masses of mud and rocks accumulated on roads and railways.
BBC News 2005/07/04
Violent storms and heavy rains have battered parts of Bulgaria and Romania, killing at least 10 people.
Hundreds of people were evacuated across Bulgaria's worst-hit regions of Veliko Tarnovo, Targovishte, Stara Zagora and Shumen.