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Belgrade braces for flood surge

Serbian capital braces for flood surge that threatens Serbia's main power plant

A man walks in front of a his flooded home in the village of Veliki Crljeni, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 18, ...
Bosnian people walk on a broken road after a landslide which swept away eight houses near Kalesija, Bosnia, 150 kms north of Sarajevo, Sunday May 18, ...
Evacuated people sit in the police vehicle leaving Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Flood...
Bosnian people are rescued from their flooded houses by boat in the village of Vidovice near Orasje 200 kms north of Sarajevo, on Sunday May 18, 2014....
This image made available by the Serbian police shows the flooded area in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Sund...

APTOPIX Serbia Floods

A man walks in front of a his flooded home in the village of Veliki Crljeni, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) south of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 18, ...

APTOPIX Bosnia Landslide

Bosnian people walk on a broken road after a landslide which swept away eight houses near Kalesija, Bosnia, 150 kms north of Sarajevo, Sunday May 18, ...

Balkans Floods

Evacuated people sit in the police vehicle leaving Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 18, 2014. Flood...

Balkans Floods

Bosnian people are rescued from their flooded houses by boat in the village of Vidovice near Orasje 200 kms north of Sarajevo, on Sunday May 18, 2014....

Balkans Floods

This image made available by the Serbian police shows the flooded area in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Sund...

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Belgrade is bracing for a river water surge that has threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the capital as the Balkans struggles with the consequences of the worst flooding in southwestern Europe in more than a century.

Authorities said Monday that at least 17 people have died in Serbia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages in Serbia and Bosnia and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes. At least another 17 people died in Bosnia.

The coal-fired Nikola Tesla power plant supplies electricity for half of Serbia and most of Belgrade. It is located in Obrenovac, the worse flood-hit town near Belgrade.


Updated : 2021-08-04 21:13 GMT+08:00