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May 21, 2014

Balkans flooding

The recent severe flooding in the Balkans will reportedly cost Bosnia, Croatia, and Serbia billions of dollars to recover. The flooding is the worst to hit the region in more than a century, killing more than three dozen people and forcing countless numbers of others from their homes. --Lloyd Young (27 photos total)

Fata Kovacevic reacts near her flood-damaged house in Topcic Polje, Bosnia on May 20. At least 40 people have died in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, after days of the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered hundreds of landslides. Dado Ruvic/Reuters

The flooded town of Obrenovac, 40 kilometers west of Belgrade, Serbia, on May 19. The Balkans braced for more misery as the death toll from the worst floods in a century rose to 47 and rising waters forced thousands more to flee their homes. Muddy waters from the Sava River have submerged houses, churches, mosques and roads in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia after record rainfall wreaked havoc across the central European region. (Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Helicopter pilots check a map of the flooded town of Obrenovac, 40 kilometres west of Belgrade, Serbia. on May 19. (Alexa Stankovic/AFP/Getty Images) #

A woman walks past sand bags protecting the banks of the Sava river in the Serbian city of Sremska Mitrovica, 70 kilometers west of Belgrade on May 18. At least 34 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated in Serbia and Bosnia as the emergency services fight Sunday with overflowing of rivers and growing landslides following worst floods in a century. Serbian authorities revealed new toll, saying a total of seven people have died and one person went missing in the floods caused by the heaviest rainfall in 120 years. (Andrej Isakovic/AFP/Getty Images) #

Serbian army soldiers evacuate a woman from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade on May 16. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) #

A man throws a life buoy towards people waiting to be evacuated from a flooded house in the town of Obrenovac, east from Belgrade on May 16. The heaviest rains and floods in 120 years have hit Bosnia and Serbia, killing five people, forcing hundreds out of their homes and cutting off entire towns. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) #

People sit in a boat after being evacuated by Serbian army soldiers from their houses in the town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade on May 16. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) #

A Serbian army soldier throws candy bars to people as they are evacuated a boat in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade on May 17. Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) #

A man carries a woman through a flooded street in the town of Obrenovac, Serbia, east from Belgrade on May 16. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) #

A Slovenian army helicopter team rescues a small baby on May 17 by winching the baby carrier into the helicopter over the village of Tisina, near Bosanski Samac, northern Bosnia-Herzegovina. The rest of the baby's family was evacuated later on, the rescue team said. (Rok Einhauer/Slovenian Army via Associated Press) #

People are carried by a front loader as they evacuate from their flooded houses in Topcic Polje, near Zepce on May 16. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

A man lies on a pallet as he and another man work on a counter in a flooded hair salon in a shopping center in the central Bosnian town of Zenica on May 15. Several Bosnian cities have been affected by floods caused by heavy rains. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

People ride a boat during heavy floods on a main street in Bosanski Samac on May 19. Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the "terrifying" destruction to that of the country's 1992-95 war. The extent of the devastation became apparent in Serbia too, as waters receded in some of the worst-hit areas to reveal homes toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock. (Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters) #

Men sit on a car porch during heavy floods in Bosanski Samac on May 19. Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the "terrifying" destruction to that of the country's 1992-95 war. (Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters) #

A man rescues cats from the roof during heavy floods in Vojskova on May 19. More than a quarter of Bosnia's four million people have been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in more than a century. (Srdjan Zivulovic/Reuters) #

A man climbs on the roof of a house to feed pigs they rescued during heavy floods in the village of Vojskova on May 19. Communities in Serbia and Bosnia battled to protect towns and power plants on Monday from rising flood waters and landslides that have devastated swathes of both countries and killed dozens of people. (Srdjan Zivulovic /Reuters) #

Bosnian men call to a stranded dog, as they search for people and animals after flooding in the village of Vojskova near the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac, flooded by the river Sava, 200 km's north of the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on May 19. Tens of thousands evacuated in Serbia and Bosnia during the worst floods in a century. (Amel Emric/Associated Press) #

A Bosnian man views the scene after a landslide caused by flooding in the village of Topcic polje near Zenica, 120 kms north of Sarajevo on May 15. Heavy rainfall caused the river Bosnia to flood surrounding areas causing power cuts and road blockades in some suburban and rural areas. (Amel Emric/Associated Press) #

People receive food aid from a rescue team after flooding in Maglaj, Bosnia, on May 16. The heaviest rains and floods in 120 years have hit Bosnia and Serbia. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

Bosnians evacuated from her flooded homes take shelter at a sports center in the northern Bosnian town of Odzak 240 kms north of Sarajevo on May 19. At least 40 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said. (Amel Emric/Associated Press) #

People dig out a car buried after floods and landslides in Topcic Polje May 20. At least 40 people have died in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, after days of the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered hundreds of landslides. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

Bosnian worker prepares to take away dead cows from a farm near the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac along river Sava, 200 kms north of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on May 20. A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans even as emergency workers battled overflowing rivers and evacuated thousands tons of drowned livestock were posing a health hazard. With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals that were left behind after their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.(Amel Emric/Associated Press) #

A woman pushes a trolley as she evacuates a hair salon in a shopping center during flooding in the central Bosnian town of Zenica on May 15. Several Bosnian cities have been affected by floods caused by heavy rains. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

A member of the Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina de-mines an area near river Bosnia in the city Visoko on May 20. Authorities fear that the worst flooding and in over a century that hit Bosnia last week and also triggered landslides may have caused dislodging of thousands of landmines and unexploded ordinances left over from the country's 1992-95 war. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

Ana Bartulovic cleans furniture near the Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac along river Sava, 200 kms north of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo on May 20. At least 34 people have died and tens of thousands evacuated in Serbia and Bosnia as the emergency services fought with overflowing of rivers and growing landslides following worst floods in a century. (Amel Emric/Associated Press) #

A flood-damaged Opel Astra is seen in Topcic Polje on May 20. At least 40 people have died in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, after days of the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered hundreds of landslides. (Dado Ruvic/Reuters) #

A man walked past a house tilted by floods in the village of Krupanj, west from Belgrade on May 19. Communities in Serbia and Bosnia battled to protect towns and power plants on Monday from rising flood waters and landslides that have devastated swathes of both countries and killed dozens of people. (Marko Djurica/Reuters) #
 
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