Catastrophic’ Balkans Flooding — the Worst Since Record-Keeping Began 120 Years Ago — Trigger More Than 3,000 Landslides That Destroy Entire Villages.
The Balkans’ worst flooding since record-keeping began forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and threatened to inundate Serbia’s main power plant, which supplies electricity to a third of the country and most of the capital, Belgrade The cities of Orasje and Brcko in northeast Bosnia, where the Sava River forms the natural border with Croatia, were in danger of being overwhelmed.
Officials in Brcko ordered six villages to be evacuated. Rescuers urged people to go to the balconies or rooftops of their houses with bright fabric to make themselves visible The hillside village of Horozovina, close to the northeastern town of Tuzla, was practically split in two by a landslide that swallowed eight houses.
More than 100 other houses were under threat from the restless earth. Residents told stories of narrow escapes from injury or death. “I am homeless. I have nothing left, not even a toothpick,” Mesan Ikanovic said. “I ran out of the house barefoot, carrying children in my arms.”
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