Power cuts in Bosnia's worst flooding in 120 years

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bosnia and Serbia's worst flooding in 120 years has killed five people so far.

Bosnia and Serbia's worst flooding in 120 years has killed five people so far.

SARAJEVO, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Five people have died and thousands have had to evacuate their homes this week as the heaviest rainfall for 120 years hit Bosnia and Serbia, officials say.

In Vogosca, a suburb of Sarajevo, a landslide destroyed eight homes, but no one died, according to Vogosca's mayor, Edin Smayic.

The Bosnian capital, Sarajevo is one of the worst affected places by flooding. 

Waters in the Ilica province (a canton of Sarajevo) have begun to recede, causing landslides in some areas.

In Vogosca, a suburb of Sarajevo, a landslide destroyed eight homes, but no one died, according to the suburb’s mayor, Edin Smayic.

Army helicopters have evacuated dozens of people stranded in their flooded homes and rescuers have used boats to save stranded victims in the central town of Maglaj, located in the northern part of the country.

Bosnia’s neighboring country, Serbia was also affected by the floodings and heavy rainfall, in which three people were killed and around 6,000 people were evacuated.

Officials say 20 people have been injured in the flooding and more then 300,000 homes are experiencing electricity cuts.

The European Commission has launched civil protection assistance to the region, which was requested by Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Community Mechanism for Civil Protection may be used when a country affected by a disaster is not prepared to respond adequately.

While Serbia requested a high-capacity water pump and a team of experts who know to use it, Bosnia and Herzegovina requested rescue teams, helicopter and motorboats to carry medicine and food.

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