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BELGRADE, Serbia — Emergency groups in Serbia Thursday had been looking for two individuals swept away by a swollen river in a southwestern city as floods led to evacuations and emergency measures, state RTS tv reported.
Heavy rainfall this week throughout the Balkans has prompted rivers to rise dangerously in Serbia, Bosnia and Montenegro, flooding some areas and threatening flood defenses elsewhere.
Floods had been additionally reported in Kosovo and Albania, the place excessive waters soaked agricultural land, blocked roads and prompted non permanent energy outages.
In northern Albania, the native energy firm needed to open sluices and launch water from bulging reservoirs, flooding close by areas for a 3rd time in as many months.
In northern Kosovo, authorities stated elements of the city of Mitrovica have been flooded, forcing individuals to evacuate their houses.
The rain adopted weeks of unseasonably heat climate. Temperatures are anticipated to drop on the weekend, with rain being succeeded by snow.
Within the southwestern Serbian city of Novi Pazar, authorities declared emergency measures to deal with the overflowing Raska river. An emergency state of affairs was declared in 4 extra areas in southwest and southern Serbia.
Surging waters reached the middle of the city of Tutin, RTS tv stated, flooding a bus station. Authorities canceled college lessons till the state of affairs normalizes.
RTS tv stated two males in Novi Pazar had been carried away by the river whereas making an attempt to guard their homes with wood planks and plastic sheeting.
There was no official details about the incident. The RTS stated a 3rd man additionally fell into the river however was later pulled out.
Serbian police stated 84 individuals evacuated their houses due to the flooding.
In neighboring Montenegro, rescuers previously two days have been looking for a 13-year-old boy who was dragged into the Adriatic Sea by an enormous wave within the coastal city of Herceg Novi.
Heavy rain in northern Montenegro additionally prompted rivers to succeed in critically excessive ranges, whereas robust winds and waves lashed coastal areas. Landslides attributable to rain hampered visitors on some roads within the nation.
In Bosnia, authorities stated they’re monitoring the state of affairs after river ranges rose significantly. Dozens of houses within the nation have been flooded however no casualties have been reported.
“We anticipate the height of the water wave in the course of the day to be adopted by stabilization,” stated Bosnian hydrology official Majda Kovac.
Main floods within the area in 2014 claimed dozens of lives whereas submerging whole cities and villages.
Llazar Semini contributed from Tirana, Albania.