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Rising Danube waters likely to spare the Balkans

Mighty Danube rises, fed by Balkans flooding, but likely to stay inside flood defenses

A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river su...
A stray dog stands on debris after devastating floods in the town of Maglaj 140 kilometers north of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Monday May 19, 2014....
A man carrying a shovel pushes a bicycle after devastating floods in the town of Maglaj 140 kilometers North of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday...

Serbia Balkans Floods

A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river su...

Balkans Floods

A stray dog stands on debris after devastating floods in the town of Maglaj 140 kilometers north of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Monday May 19, 2014....

APTOPIX Balkans Floods

A man carrying a shovel pushes a bicycle after devastating floods in the town of Maglaj 140 kilometers North of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday...

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) -- Fed by the highest rainfall ever recorded in the Balkans, water levels in the mighty Danube are rising, but authorities believe Europe's second-largest river will spare the already devastated region.

Serbia's Hydro Institute said Tuesday the Danube's levels will surge in coming days but should remain within the limits of flood defenses. Authorities in towns and villages along the Danube say they are watching the situation closely.

Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia have been hit by the worst flooding in more than 100 years, forcing half a million people out of their homes and leading to more than three dozen deaths.

In Serbia, the floods have been threatening the country's biggest power plants, while in Bosnia there is danger from the shifting of mine fields left over from the war.


Updated : 2021-03-01 21:02 GMT+08:00