Sunday, May 18, 2014

Historic floods claim lives, wreak havoc in Bosnia, Serbia

(DW) Flooding continues to claim lives and devastate villages in Bosnia and Serbia. Three months' worth of rain has fallen in three days, the worst downpour in 120 years.
Rescue workers on Saturday were evacuating some 10,000 people from the northeastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina on the Serbian border as heavy rain left villages along the Sava River submerged in water.
So far, the floods have claimed more than 20 lives in Bosnia, according to officials. But the toll could rise as the waters recede and additional bodies emerge.
"More than 20 corpses have so far been brought to the city's morgue," Obren Petrovic, the mayor of northern town Doboj, told Bosnia's FTV public broadcaster.
Rescue efforts have been complicated by some 300 landslides, which have buried dozens of houses and cars. Roads have been rendered impassable and bridges have crumbled.
Bosnia's northeastern and central regions have been hit the hardest by the storms. Admir Malagic, a spokesman for the Security Ministry, said that one million people live in the affected area. That's approximately one-fifth of the country's overall population.
According to the Red Cross, Bosnian authorities have declared a state of emergence and evacuated people from 14 municipalities. That includes Doboj, Maglaj, Brcko District, Olovo, Lukavac, Kladanj, Srebrenica, Gradacac, and Zvornik among other communities. Read More