"It's wet, cold, there's no electricity, no running water" - Serbian flood victim
Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 01:24
May 17 - Thousands are evacuated from the Serbian town of Obrenovac, as flood victims grapple with what has been left behind in the worst floods in more than a century. Deborah Lutterbeck reports
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Rescue workers patrol streets on boats in a town southwest of Belgrade.
Parts of Serbia and Bosnia have been hit by the worst floods ever recorded. At least five people have died in the unfolding disaster this week.
Homes in this town of 25,000 are submerged. Everyone has been ordered to evacuate.
Shelters have been set up in Belgrade.
Some have lost everything.
Others don't know what they left behind.
(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) STUDENT FROM OBRENOVAC, KATARAINA, SAYING:
"Well the flashfloods woke my uncle around 3.30 in the morning. So they went up to the first floor, the basement was flooded. Then they had to go to the third floor because all lower floors were flooded. The last time I spoke to him was yesterday around 11.00 in the morning. Since then I have no information about where he is, or what he has been up to. I only know that it's wet, cold, there's no electricity, no running water. I have no communication, not only with him but with the rest of the family as well."
The Red Cross is on hand providing food for those in need. This shelter is distributing clothes. And there are beds -- providing temporary relief as Serbia grapples with the worst floods in more than a century.
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