Rapid thaw wreaks havoc on River Danube
Published 21/02/2012 | 05:00
A rapid thaw on the River Danube brought chaos in Belgrade, Serbia, yesterday as giant blocks of floating ice damaged boats, pontoons and floating restaurants.
The thick ice covered one of Europe's busiest waterways during the recent freeze, but began to break up on Sunday as temperatures rose, jumping from minus 20C last week to 10C, melting ice more than a foot thick.
In Belgrade, boats crashed into each other but there were no immediate reports of casualties. Debris was scattered among the breaking ice for more than a mile along the river and several floating restaurants, barges and boats were torn from their moorings and beached on the riverbank as anchor lines snapped.
At least 20 people have died from cold in Serbia in the last few weeks.