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Bodies pulled from flooded homes in Bosnia, Serbia

Published on May 17, 2014 7:24 PM
 

OBRENOVAC (REUTERS) - Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century.

A Reuters photographer in the town of Obrenovac, 30km southwest of the Serbian capital Belgrade and the worst hit by days of heavy rainfall, estimated the water level at 2-3 metres. "The whole town is under water," he said.

Residents stood on roofs and terraces waiting to be rescued, while soldiers in amphibious military vehicles tried to evacuate an estimated 700 people, mainly women and children, from a primary school located on higher ground.

Further to the west, thousands of volunteers joined soldiers, police and firefighters overnight in building sandbag flood defences around the town of Sabac, threatened by the rising waters of the River Sava.

A Serbian emergency response worker carries a child as he and others evacuate people from their flooded homes in the town of Obrenovac, 40km west of Belgrade, on May 16, 2014. Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century. -- PHOTO : AFP
 
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