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These photos show the 'terrifying' devastation caused by floods in the Balkans
Monday, May 19th, 2014

Reuters — Bosnia said on Monday that more than a quarter of its 4 million people had been affected by the worst floods to hit the Balkans in living memory, comparing the "terrifying" destruction to that of the country's 1992-95 war.

The extent of the devastation became apparent in Serbia too, as waters receded in some of the worst-hit areas to reveal homes toppled or submerged in mud, trees felled and villages strewn with the rotting corpses of livestock.

The regional death toll reached more than 40, after the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered hundreds of landslides.

"The consequences of the flood are terrifying," Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija told a news conference. "The physical destruction is not less than the destruction caused by the war."

Lagumdzija said more than 100,000 houses and other buildings in Bosnia were no longer fit to use and that over a million people had been cut off from clean water supplies.

"During the war, many people lost everything," he said. "Today, again they have nothing."

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An aerial view shows a flooded area near the Northern-Bosnian town of Brcko on May 18, 2014.

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A Bosnian woman walks through her flooded yard, in the western Bosnian town of Banja Luka, on May 17, 2014.

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People walk through a flooded street in the town of Obrenovac in Serbia on May 16, 2014.

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Volunteers place sandbags at an entrance of the former chemical plant 'Zorka' in the city of Sabac, west of Belgrade, Serbia on May 18, 2014.

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A Serbian rescuer carries an elderly woman out of her flooded house in the village of Obrez, near the central Serbian town of Varvarin, south of Belgrade, on May 17, 2014.

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Croatian Army soldiers evacuate people in an amphibian vehicle from their houses flooded in the village of Gunja, in eastern Croatia, on May 18, 2014.

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A view of a landslide and floodwaters around houses in the village of Topcic Polje, near the central Bosnian town of Zenica, on May 15, 2014.

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People wait for evacuation in front of their flooded house in the town of Obrenovac in Serbia on May 17, 2014.

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