Floods hit Bosnia, Croatia

 

Local authorities declared a state of emergency in several northern Bosnian towns due to heavy rainfall, which has revived memories of the catastrophic floods in 2014. Storms have also hit the Croatian capital Zagreb and the surrounding area.
Overflowing rivers in Bosnia and Croatia have flooded dozens of homes and roads, putting the Balkans on high alert.

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Several local communities in northern and central Bosnia introduced emergency measures on Tuesday, urging residents living close to rivers to evacuate their homes, Reuters said. Some schools have canceled classes, while electricity and water supplies have been disrupted.

An evacuation was ordered in the village of Matuzici, 150 kilometres north of Sarajevo, and a pedestrian bridge was swept away in Vrbanja, near Bosnia-Herzegovina ‘s second-largest city, Banja Luka.

The rainfall has also caused landslides, closing down local roads. The Vrbanja river has destroyed a temporary pedestrian bridge near the town of Banja Luka.

Residents fear the repeat of May 2014 floods that devastated the region.

Overflowing rivers in Bosnia and Croatia have flooded dozens of homes and roads, putting the Balkans on high alert.

 

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