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Heavy rain and floods kill eight in Serbia
Heavy rain and flooding, thought to be the worst in 120 years, have hit Serbia, killing eight people and leaving several towns and villages isolated.
Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters the first bodies had been recovered in Obrenovac, the worst-hit area to the south-west of the capital, and he feared more would be found.
A state of emergency was declared by the Serbian government on Thursday, with calls made to the European Commission, Russia and Slovenia for help.
The four killed, one of them a firefighter on a rescue mission, drowned in flood waters caused by torrential rain.
Around 135,000 households were without power across Serbia and the government approved emergency electricity imports.
"This is the greatest flooding disaster ever. Not only in the past 100 years; this has never happened in Serbia's history," Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a news conference. "More rain fell in one day than in four months."
Serbian Energy Minister Aleksandar Antic said power supplies were cut to around 100,000 households, mostly in central Serbia.
BELGRADE – It is difficult to make an assessment of damages that flash floods are causing to Serbia’s crops today, when the government declared a state of emergency in the country, but it is certain that it will be measured in millions of euros, agro-economic analyst Milan Prostran said Thursday.
My country needs HELP. If there is someone who has more than enough I implore them to help us!!!