17 May 2014, 21:06

At least 16 dead in massive flooding in Bosnia, Serbia

At least 16 dead in massive flooding in Bosnia, Serbia

The heaviest rains in more than a century have sparked floods across Bosnia and Serbia, claiming at least 16 lives and leading to the evacuation of some 15,000, officials said Saturday.

Four victims were found in Bosnia and three in Serbia on Friday.

In Serbia, "rescuers have started recovering dead bodies from flooded areas, but we will not make the number public before the complete withdrawal of the water," Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters, according to AFP.

More than 15,000 people have been evacuated from a number of towns throughout Serbia.

Some 95,000 homes in Serbia and 60,000 in Bosnia had no power at all, authorities said.

Maric urged citizens and companies to provide humanitarian aid.

Sirens wailed in the nearby town of Baric as police ordered its some 7,000 inhabitants to evacuate.

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