Friday 24 October 2014

Search for two people who are missing in flood-hit Balkans

Daria Sito-Sucic

Published 09/08/2014 | 02:30

Besim Tutnjic stands near a destroyed house during floods in the village of Cole near Zeljezno Polje
Besim Tutnjic stands near a destroyed house during floods in the village of Cole near Zeljezno Polje
People clean their home during floods in Lukavac near Tuzla
People clean their home during floods in Lukavac near Tuzla
Destroyed roads in Zeljezno Polje near Zepce
Destroyed roads in Zeljezno Polje near Zepce

POLICE in Bosnia are searching for two people swept away during the second bout of torrential rainfall since May, when the Balkans were hit by the worst floods in more than a century.

The body of a woman was recovered on Thursday from the muddy bank of a river in northwestern Bosnia and two people were listed as missing, police said.

Bosnia suffered almost €2bn worth of damage to homes, infrastructure and industry in May when heavy rains caused rivers to burst their banks, sweep away roads and bridges and set off hundreds of landslides.

More than 20 people died in Bosnia and more than 60 in Serbia.

Drowned

There were similar scenes, on a lesser scale, this week in Bosnia and parts of Serbia, where a man drowned in his cellar on Tuesday.

Residents of Zeljezno Polje in central Bosnia, who lost their homes in May, saw their village cut off again this week.

They called on local authorities to give them land to build new houses, clean the river bed and repair roads and power supplies before winter.

"I have lived in a tent in the woods since May," said villager Besim Tutnjic.

The government declared a state of emergency on Thursday and allocated urgent funding for the worst hit areas.

Irish Independent

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