Thousands of people in the Balkans have suffered in recent days as a result of flooding caused by melting snow and heavy rains, according to RIA Novosti. Many parts of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia have been affected by the disaster. Flooded hundreds of homes and thousands of hectares of agricultural land. Thousands of people were left without electricity and drinking water.
Blurred road, damaged production plants and other objects. Power by the military and firefighters evacuated people and livestock from disaster areas. The floods have affected almost the entire territory of Macedonia. The most difficult situation is in the eastern part of the country near the cities of Strumica and Stip and Skopje and Ohrid. One man died after falling from a bridge into the raging river. Hundreds of homes were flooded and 20,000 people were left without electricity. Several bridges destroyed, leaving many villages were cut off from the outside world. In some areas, stopped road and rail links.
Serbia has been under water, especially south. Dozens of families have been evacuated from the villages near the town of Bujanovac. Floods have also suffered Presevo, Vranje and Trgovishte. Many rivers burst their banks in Bosnia and Herzegovina, flooding basements and ground floors of nearby buildings. In recent days hit villages near the capital, Sarajevo, but the evacuation of the population question. In the center of Sarajevo had to temporarily suspend the tram.
Flooding in Serbia
Serbia, as well as neighboring Macedonia, is dominated by the torrential rains that poured non-stop for more than a day. During this time, the amount of precipitation was about 64 liters per m2. In the south, several rivers burst their banks, flooding the surrounding area. Several Serbian villages evacuated urgently.
The water level in the river rose above normal Moravita in 4 places, the level of drainage channels running parallel to the river Pchinja upgraded to a critical point in 3 locations. It was learned that the excessive water was damaged bridge leading to the village Bunusanskoy Mahal, close to some of the villages there were landslides. Village Levosoe completely plunged into the water from it evacuated more than 100 people, including 20detey.
Of large settlements biggest damage was the municipality of Bujanovac, where a state of emergency, but the city administration claims that Serbs who live there have nothing to fear, because a few days rescue teams deflate all the excess water from flooded houses and streets. In general, the flooded Serbian regions have the same difficulties as the neighboring Macedonians, that is, have problems with access to clean drinking water, the movement of the flooded roads.
Flooding in Macedonia
In Macedonia, for three days pouring heavy rain, which eventually created favorable conditions for the occurrence of floods. After rising water flooded hundreds of homes were in the Macedonian villages, thousands of people had to be evacuated. It is known that during the flood killed one person.
Two remote villages are completely cut off from civilization, all the access roads are buried under water. Flooded stream destroyed two bridges. In some places, the Macedonians are suffering from lack of clean drinking water, as dirty streams spoiled key and groundwater. In some communities, water damaged power lines and people were left without heat and light. Only in the central town of Sveti Nikole, without electricity abide 20,000 citizens.
Experts fear that the two river dam and Probistipe Kosanov not withstand the load and can break. Then flooded villages and agricultural fields will be an order of magnitude greater. At this point in the critical condition of the four villages close to the south-east of Strumica, which is 160 miles south of the capital of Macedonia, Skopje. Most schools in the region canceled classes in the schools, some institutions have allowed their employees to stay home from work. Are on the verge of evacuating Steep eastern cities and Kumanovo.
Local residents try to cope on their own with the water coming, constructing diversion canals. The building, which has not yet penetrated the water, strengthening 1.5 thousand sandbags, who arrived in the disaster area the day before. Decided to open several valves dams to lighten the load and prevent them from breaking.
Torrential rains caused heavy flooding in the Balkans
Torrential rains caused flooding in the south of Serbia, announced today the Office of Emergency Situations Ministry of the Interior of the country.
The village Levosoe south of Bujanovac river Moravica overflowed its banks and flooded 50 homes. Of the village is evacuated 40 families. Complicated situation in the cities Vranje, Presevo, Bujanovac and their surroundings. Rain in these areas does not stop for the past 30 hours, during which fell about 50 liters of rain per square meter. The municipality Trgovishte state of emergency.
Severe flooding recorded in neighboring countries. In eastern and central Macedonia, the water flooded more than 300 homes, brought down the two bridges, and about 20 thousand people were left without electricity. Slatino damaged dam near Ohrid. Local authorities fear that it could happen breakthrough.
In the capital, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina has flooded dozens of buildings and agricultural land in the suburbs. In the municipality of Gorazde rainfall caused several landslides.
According to the forecasts of meteorologists, the rains cease in the Balkans by 28 February. No casualties or victims are still unknown.
Category: Natural disasters and the environment