Worst flooding in a century in Bosnia: 25 dead, death toll to rise

Worst flooding in a century in Bosnia: 25 dead, death toll to rise

Authorities said 25 people have died but warned the death toll could rise. Tens of thousands of homes were left without electricity or drinking water. 

Landslides triggered by the floods also raised the risk of injury or death from land mines left over from Bosnia’s 1992-95 war. The landslides swept away many of the carefully placed warning signs around the minefields. 

Three months’ worth of rain has fallen on the region in three days this week, creating the worst floods since records began being kept 120 years ago. 

Observed from the air, almost a third of Bosnia, mostly its northeast corner, resembled a huge muddy lake, with houses, roads and rail lines submerged. Admir Malagic, a spokesman for Bosnia’s Security Ministry, said about a million people — over a quarter of the country’s population — live in the affected area. …

The rain caused nearly 300 landslides in Bosnia, burying dozens of houses and cars and further complicating relief efforts. 

“They come unannounced in just a few seconds,” said Fahrudin Solak, a Civil Protection official.

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