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Last Updated: Monday, 4 July, 2005, 17:12 GMT 18:12 UK
Violent storms kill 10 in Balkans
A man walks through flood waters in Venchan, north-east Bulgaria
The floods hit many isolated parts of Bulgaria and Romania
Violent storms and heavy rains have battered parts of Bulgaria and Romania, killing at least 10 people.

Rivers burst their banks and hundreds of people were evacuated from homes to avoid rising flood waters in central and eastern regions.

Two people died of lightning strikes in Parmovai, south-eastern Bulgaria, and others died in Plovdiv and Shumen, with some still missing.

A woman and her 18-month-old grandson were among the dead in Romania.

The boy was thought to have been swept away by flood waters that tore through his village after a dyke burst, reports said.

Roads closed

Areas affected ranged from the central Bulgarian town of Veliko Tarnovo to the Black Sea coast in the east.

Roads were closed, including one section of the country's main road from the capital, Sofia, to the port of Varna.

At least five people were killed by lightning or flood waters in Bulgaria and several were still missing in central regions.

Heavy rains continued up into Romania, with 12 counties in the south, east and centre of the country badly affected. The country's Black Sea coast was also hit.

A state of emergency was declared in one county, and hundreds were evacuated as authorities were forced to deliver clean water supplies.

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