Record floods challenge Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina

BELGRADE/SARAJEVO, 19 May 2014 – The worst flooding since records began 120 years ago hit Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina over the weekend, when three months’ worth of rain fell on the region, bursting river banks and revealing areas at risk that need to be addressed.

Dozens of people are now feared dead, and tens of thousands have fled their homes. In Bosnia, landslides have buried homes and remaining landmines from the war in 1995 have now shifted to unknown locations. In Serbia, the outskirts of Belgrade have been inundated and the authorities suspect another “flood wave” on the River Sava, threatening the country’s biggest power plant. Floods are also affecting neighboring Croatia.

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