A 70-year-old man died in Borissova Gradina when a tree fell during a violent hailstorm that lashed the Bulgarian capital city Sofia on July 8, deluging roads, bringing down branches from trees and disrupting 5pm traffic. Reports from the centre of the city said that trees had been brought down amid the torrential rain and howling winds that raged for more than 20 minutes.
Apart from the man who died when the tree fell on him in Borissova Gradina, a woman was reported to have been taken to hospital after being injured by a falling tree.
A number of people were treated at hospital for injuries from hailstones, which came down in volleys, many of the hailstones the size of golf balls.
Two people were rescued from a car at a central city intersection after a tree fell on the vehicle, trapping them.
Emergency services were dispatched to drain flooded houses in parts of Sofia, including Lyulin and Filipovtsi.
From various parts of the city, there were numerous reports of broken windows, damaged roofs, and damaged traffic lights.