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Serbian town evacuated after river swells following worst flooding in more than 100 years

Heavy machinery is used to clean streets in the village of Topcic Polje, that was damaged by a landslide, near the Bosnian town of Zenica, 90 kilometers north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)
Heavy machinery is used to clean streets in the village of Topcic Polje, that was damaged by a landslide, near the Bosnian town of Zenica, 90 kilometers north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)
Heavy machinery is used to clean streets in the village of Topcic Polje, that was damaged in a landslide, near the Bosnian town of Zenica, 90 kilometers north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic)
Bosnian people evacuated from her flooded home takes shelter at a sports center in the northern Bosnian town of Odzak 240 kms north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnian people evacuated from their flooded homes take shelter at a sports center in the northern Bosnian town of Odzak 240 kms north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnian people evacuated from their flooded homes take shelter in a sports center in the northern Bosnian town of Odzak 240 kms north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnian volunteers work to save the remains of a village after a landslide near Tuzla, 140 kms north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
Bosnian volunteers work to save the remains of a village after a landslide near Tuzla, 140 kms north of Sarajevo, on Monday May 19, 2014. (AP Photo/Amel Emric)
This image taken on taken Sunday, May 18, 2014 and made available by the Bosnia Army shows an aerial view of the flooded area near the Bosnian town of Brcko along the river Sava, 200 kms north of Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. (AP Photo/Bosnia Army)

Serbian authorities have ordered the urgent evacuation of a town where soldiers, police and volunteers have been battling to contain the raging Sava River before it can inundate the country's main power plant.

The coal-fired Nikola Tesla plant, which supplies electricity for half of Serbia and most of Belgrade, lies in the flood-hit town of Obrenovac, 16 miles upstream of the capital.

Serbian police chief Nebojsa Stefanovic ordered the town to evacuate because of an expected surge from the Sava.

It comes as Serbia and Bosnia continue to struggle with the worst flooding in south-eastern Europe in more than a century.

At least 35 people have died in five days of flooding caused by torrential rain.

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