Stable weather in the Balkans, but floods and landslides wreak havoc

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Stable weather in the Balkans, but floods and landslides wreak havoc

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Weather conditions in the Balkans may have stabilised, but flooding is creating its own problems.

Following the heaviest rainfall since records began, the River Sava burst its banks, sending flood waves across Croatia and driving people from their homes.

Scores of people have died because of the extreme weather conditions across Croatia, Bosnia and Serbia, while thousands more in the region have been displaced.

Survivors have been left in despair after seeing their homes and livelihoods washed away, as Dragan Kovacevic, a Serbian resident explained.

“I have 12 greenhouses and they are all underwater,” he said. “Also clover, wheat and corn. I took the cattle out. This is all that is left. This is the end. I don’t know how we are going to live and what we are going to do.”

As Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina observed days of national mourning, the EU promised the prompt delivery of aid to the two countries, saying it would help “cater for humanitarian needs of the severely affected population”.

Landslides are now the most prominent threat, particularly in Bosnia, where up to 2,000 have occurred, causing devastation across the country.

The financial impact of the damage to Bosnia alone is estimated at 1.3 billion euro, or ten percent of national output.

Bosnian authorities estimate 500,000 people have been evacuated or left their homes since the rainfall began; a level of displacement not seen since the 1992-95 war.