After recent flooding in the Balkan region, more than 50 people were found dead, and much of the region remains threatened by the aftermath. The epic flooding is the worst in Serbia’s 120 years of record keeping according to meteorologists.
“Much of Bosnia and Herzegovina, eastern Croatia and Servia are underwater with an imminent threat of spillover into the neighboring countries,” according to the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development. Thousands of people were evacuated from their homes and left without drinking water.
Officials fear that the flooding and over 2,000 landslides have shifted over 120,000 unexploded landmines planted in the war in the 1990s, causing danger to towns and residents. Experts worry that the mines could be carried throughout southeastern Europe. Bosnia and Herzegovina President, Bakir Izetbegovic, asserts that the danger from these landmines poses as much danger as the war itself.
In Serbia, the floods threaten their largest thermal power plant that provides the country with half of its power and electricity. A lake of water moving down the nation’s rivers threatens Belgrade, the Nikola Tesla power plant near the city in Obrenovac. Sandbags are being used to barricade the floods. Obrenovac was evacuated on Monday ordered by Nebojsa Stefanovic, the police chief of Serbia.
Thousands in the Balkan are left without water and electricity and are threatened by the surging floods. Relief efforts from around Europe are rushing to aid the affected regions.