Residents face destroyed homes in Serbia's waterlogged Obrenovac
Monday, May 19, 2014 - 01:31
May 19 - Residents in Obrenovac, Serbia, examine the damage to their homes after devastating floods in the Balkans leave tens of thousands displaced and brace for more floodwaters. Mana Rabiee reports.
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In the Serbian town of Obrenovac, residents can only gaze at the devastation.
Entire communities across Serbia and Bosnia are underwater, following the worst floods to hit the Balkans in at least 120 years.
(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) OBRENOVAC RESIDENT, GORAN DJORDJEVIC, CROUCHED ON WINDOWSILL, SAYING:
"All that I had is lost, we have nothing now. The house is broken, all is broken."
Obrenovac was especially hard hit.
Nearly 8,000 people were evacuated from here.
Most were transferred to the capital Belgrade.
Many who returned on Monday had little to come back to.
(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) OBRENOVAC RESIDENT, GORAN DJORDJEVIC, CROUCHED ON WINDOWSILL SAYING:
"So everything has gone, the house will go down."
The floods have killed at least 38 people, from drowning or landslides.
But that number is expected to rise.
Authorities in Bosnia think some half a million people were evacuated or left their homes.
The kind of human displacement not seen since Bosnia's war of the 1990's.
But a few here have been lucky.
(SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) OBRENOVAC RESIDENT, JELENA ZUJIC, SAYING:
"This house behind me is my home. Fortunately I have a flat so I have a place to go back to, the flat luckily wasn't flooded. I feel so sorry for people who do not have a place to go back to. This is a complete catastrophe."
And they're bracing for more.
Another flood wave is expected from the Sava River, already swollen from heavy rains.
It's threatening Serbia's biggest power plant, which feeds about half of the country's electricity needs.
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