Europe

In pictures: Balkans floods

  • 18 May 2014
  • From the section Europe
The worst flooding in the Balkans for decades has forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes
Many people are believed to have died in Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina after three month's worth of rain fell in just a few days
Volunteers packed sandbags along the banks of the River Sava in Serbia to brace for a new wave of flooding
Helicopters moved evacuees to safety in Bosnia where almost one-third of the country is under water
Rapidly rising rivers surged into homes, sending people climbing to upper floors to await rescue
Thousands of residents in Obrenovac in Serbia left their homes after much of the town was inundated
Officials say they still do not know the full impact of the disaster as relief efforts continue
Many families have taken temporary shelter in a sports hall in Belgrade
Officials say waters have receded in certain parts of Serbia, but many communities are still without electricity or drinking water
Authorities fear the floods will have a devastating impact on farming, which is vital to both the Serbian and Bosnian economies