Russia's EMERCOM rescue unit has started to patrol the area of the Serbian city of Sabac, where a dam is at risk of breaking on the Sava River due to the raging flood, the Ministry reports on Thursday. "In connection with the threat of a dam failure on the Sava River, patrolling is being carried out by a united group of Serbian and Russian rescuers, organized in the city of Sabac," the report says.
Serbian floods will reach their climax in the end of this week, Russian Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov said.
Serbia on Tuesday declared three days of national mourning as the death toll from the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory rose to 49 and health officials warned of a possible epidemic. More than 1.6 million people have been hit after the river Sava and its tributaries burst their banks, inundating tens of thousands of hectares of farmland and destroying homes and buildings.
At least 30 people died as result of a powerful flood in the Balkans that affected Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hundreds of settlements, thousands of houses and construction projects submerged. More than 15,400 people had to leave their houses.
The flooding in Serbia is the worst natural disaster that has hit the country in over 120 years. The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry (EMERCOM) has deployed emergency response forces and equipment to Serbia after a decision was made by the Government of the Russian Federation initiated at the request of the Government of the Republic of Serbia after Serbia was hit by devastating unprecedented flooding reports EMERCOM. According to EMERCOM rescuers with the air search and rescue unit "Centrospas" and from the high risk rescue group "Leader" have been deployed to assist the Serbian people as they struggle to deal with the aftermath and continuing flooding which has seen almost the entire country mercilessly submerged under water. We spoke to Boris Malagurski, a Canadian/Serbian filmmaker and one of the people in Serbia assisting with the aftermath of the disaster.
Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its four 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.
The Balkans braced for swollen rivers to reach new peaks on Monday, piling up misery after the worst floods in a century killed 45 people and sent tens of thousands fleeing for their lives. Muddy waters from the Sava River have submerged houses, churches, mosques and roads in Bosnia and Serbia after record rainfall wreaked havoc across the central European region.
Soldiers, police and villagers battled to protect power plants in Serbia from rising flood waters on Sunday as the death toll from the Balkan region's worst rainfall in more than a century reached 37. Twelve bodies were recovered from the worst-hit Serbian town of Obrenovac, 30 kilometers southwest of the capital, Belgrade, but the number was likely to rise as waters receded. "The situation is catastrophic," Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters.
More bodies were recovered from the Serbian town of Obrenovac Sunday as unprecedented floods swept the region, bringing the overall death toll across the Balkans to 44, AFP reports. In the town of "Obrenovac alone we recovered 12 corpses," Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said, bringing the toll in Serbia to 16. Bosnia has confirmed 27 dead and Croatia one.
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