Saturday, May 17, 2014

Record Balkan floods claim at least 20 lives. More casualties expected after the waters begin receding

Officials say they expect more casualties after the waters begin receding in the next few days....
Authorities in Serbia and Bosnia say at least 20 people have died in the two nations from the record flooding that has hit the Balkans this week.

In the eastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina, some 10,000 people were being evacuated Saturday after the rain-swollen Sava River surged through flood defenses.

In Serbia, emergency crews and soldiers used boats and helicopters to rescue thousands more who had been trapped in the town of Obrenovac, near Belgrade.

  •   The overflowing waters there are now threatening Serbia's biggest power plant.

Meteorologists say the flooding is the worst since records began. 


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  1. Worst flooding in a century hits Balkans...

    Floods across Bosnia and Serbia have claimed at least 14 lives and led to the evacuation of 15,000 people after the Balkans suffered its heaviest rainfall in a century.

    Emergency services pulled seven bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia.

    Soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.

    A Reuters photographer in the town of Obrenovac, 30km southwest of the Serbian capital Belgrade and the worst hit by days of heavy rainfall, estimated the water level at 2-3 metres.

    "The whole town is under water," he said.

    Residents stood on roofs and terraces waiting to be rescued.

    Soldiers in amphibious military vehicles tried to evacuate an estimated 700 people, mainly women and children, from a primary school located on higher ground.

    Further to the west, thousands of volunteers joined soldiers, police and firefighters overnight in building sandbag flood defences around the town of Sabac, threatened by the rising waters of the River Sava.................


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