AS IT HAPPENED: Balkans floods

2014-05-19 07:49
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Get the highlights of devastating flood event in Serbia, Bosnia, and Croatia:

12:58 - That will be all for live updates of the Balkans flooding. News24 will keep you posted on the latest developments.

11:31 - B92 in English tweets that France has responded to Serbia's call for assistance.

10:52 - 

10:05 - 

9:33 - Serbia and Bosnia have appealed for international aid as over 10 000 people have been evacuated and the region is threatened by landslides and the ever-present problem of unexploded landmines - BBC News.

9:26 - The death toll in the Balkans floods has reached 44 according to a Guardian report.

8:54 - JelenaRisticFanclub tweets Balkans flooding sparks mass evacuation and concerns landmines could surface.

8:53 - Zainab Cosic, who currently lives in Australia but is having a house built in Sarajevo City, tells News24: “My in-laws are okay. They’re in a high flat anyway. My father-in-law lost some crops on his land and some bees but nothing major.” Cosic’s in-laws currently live in Bosnia and Cosic and her husband plan to move there from Australia as soon as their house is complete.

“I’ve only been hearing from people in unaffected areas...People have been opening up their homes and people with spare houses are giving it rent free. It’s been amazing to see the generosity.”

“The situation is like... imagine a whole suburb in Cape Town is wiped out...the people don’t have money to build the houses again. The houses are from generations before. How will people earn money again? And the government has no money either.”

8:41 - In this video [time 02:00-03:00] The neighbours are shouting for people to get out of the house quickly. Then a man asks “where is my almir?” . Almir is his son.

The house then collapses. And you can hear him asking again “where is my almir? Where is my almir?”

8:13 - 

8:09 - Reuters: Soldiers, police and villagers are battling to protect power plants in Serbia from rising flood waters as the death toll from the Balkan region's worst rainfall in more than a century has reached 37.

Workers at the plant are joining the effort, digging up a road in a bid to divert waters that threatens to flood nearby coal mines. The Kostolac plant supplies 20% of Serbia's electricity needs.

7:46 - SkyNews reports that the Balkans flooding has triggered more than 3 000 landslides. Read more here.

7:45 - Thousands crammed into boats and army trucks as they fled their homes in Serbia and Bosnia on Sunday after record rainfall turned the Sava River into a deadly torrent and caused the worst floods in more than a century - AFP

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