A man died after being hit by a falling tree in Plovdiv and another was killed when lightning set his house alight in the Plovdiv region village of Kostievo on August 20 as thunder storms and heavy rain hit parts of central and western Bulgaria.
In Plovdiv, streets in many parts of Bulgaria’s second city were flooded, as well as underpasses and below-ground shopping areas.
The deluging rain flooded the lower level of the Roman Stadium in the city. Firefighters and municipal staff spent an hour draining the area but there was no sign that there would be long-term damage to the ancient cultural and historical landmark. A restaurant at the stadium shut down operations because of the torrential rain.
There were fallen trees and branches everywhere in the city, local media said.
At about 6pm, storm winds of a speed of about 72km/h struck the town of Haskovo, while rain bucketed down. In Dimitrovgrad, heavy rain flooded streets and ground floors of houses.
Parts of Haskovo and Dimitrovgrad were left without electricity, but energy distributor EVN said that there was no widespread emergency, although it was possible that some villages were without power, local media reported.
In Sofia, a new section of Tsarigradsko Chaussee near the entrance to the capital city from the Trakiya motorway was transformed into a river by the heavy rain, causing serious traffic disruption.