Missionaries Help Clean Up after Bulgarian Flooding

  • 16 July 2014

Missionaries in Varna, Bulgaria, clean up after flooding and a mudslide caused devastation in the city on June 19, 2014. The missionaries, assisted by local Church members, removed mud from basement apartments, shops, cellars, and underground car parks.

Article Highlights

  • The missionaries, assisted by other members of the Church, worked side by side with local citizens.
  • They cleared homes, a shop, a road, cellars, and an underground parking garage, removing debris and thick mud.

VARNA, BULGARIA

Flooding and a mudslide struck Varna, Bulgaria, on June 19, devastating basement apartments, shops, cellars, and underground parking lots, which filled with deep mud from floor to ceiling. The water and mud destroyed everything in its path.

The only way to remove the debris was by hand, working with a bucket and shovel. A group of Latter-day Saint missionaries took on this task with energy and commitment. For three days immediately following the disaster, they helped disaster victims in the communities of Asperuhovo, Dobrich, and Albena, Bulgaria.

The missionaries, assisted by other members of the Church, worked side by side with local citizens—both those directly affected by the flooding and other Bulgarians. They cleared homes, a shop, a road, cellars, and an underground parking garage, removing debris and thick mud.

Missionaries in Varna, Bulgaria, clean up after flooding and a mudslide caused devastation in the city on June 19, 2014. The missionaries, assisted by local Church members, removed mud from basement apartments, shops, cellars, and underground car parks.

A missionary lies down to rest after working long hours in Varna, Bulgaria, with other missionaries and members in helping clean up after flooding and a mudslide caused devastation in the city on June 19, 2014. The volunteers removed mud from basement apartments, shops, cellars and underground car parks.

Missionaries in Varna, Bulgaria, clean up after flooding and a mudslide caused devastation in the city on June 19, 2014. The missionaries, assisted by local Church members, removed mud from basement apartments, shops, cellars, and underground car parks.

Missionaries in Varna, Bulgaria, clean up after flooding and a mudslide caused devastation in the city on June 19, 2014. The missionaries, assisted by local Church members, removed mud from basement apartments, shops, cellars, and underground car parks.