At least ten die, three missing in Bulgaria flooding
SOFIA: At least ten people, including two children, died and three more were missing in heavy floods after torrential rain lashed Bulgaria, Interior Minister Tsvetlin Yovchev said yesterday.
Nine of the victims, including the children, were in the worst-hit Black Sea city of Varna, where cars were swept into the sea by the flood that submerged streets and houses late on Thursday, the he said.
Another victim was found in the nearby northeastern town of Dobrich, where 150 people were evacuated from their flooded homes. “The situation is beginning to calm down but it is still critical,” Yovchev said. The storm lashed Varna on Thursday evening, submerging the hillside neighbourhood of Asparuhovo, with TV footage showing cars swept away or piled up by the torrent.
52,000 minors at US-Mexico border
SAN ANTONIO: Since October, 52,000 unaccompanied children have arrived on the US border with Mexico, the Department of Homeland Security said on Friday, underscoring an immigration problem seen by the White House as a humanitarian crisis.
The figure is for the period from October 1 to June 15. Last week, the department said between October and May, more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, crossed into the United States, nearly double the number from the previous 12 months.
Additional immigration judges are being dispatched to deal with asylum cases, and the United States is providing $9.6m in additional support for Central American governments to receive and reintegrate their repatriated citizens, department officials said in a teleconference with reporters.
Even as the administration scrambles to manage the waves of children, critics have said the influx underscores the Obama administration’s failure to enforce current border security.