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    Posted May 17, 2014 by
    Belgrade, Serbia
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    Serbia flood


    Well, the situation is best described with one word-catastrophic.
    Emergency situation is being declared in the whole country. People
    mainly at the west of the country are being left without electricity,
    drinking water, food, drugs, clothes, and other basic human needs. In
    areas most affected by this cataclysm people are waiting for rescuers
    at the roofs of their houses, and some of them are even refusing to be
    evacuated, hoping that the water levels will drop soon. For three
    days it was heavy raining continuously. Enormous quantities of water
    in short period of time, turned mountain streams into dangerous and
    fast rivers, which tore apart everything in front of them. We have
    never seen in Serbian history so high water levels on all rivers. Some
    places are still completely cut-off. Serbian police, military, special
    forces and rescuers from EU, Russia and surrounding countries are
    being sent on most critical points to rescue what can be rescued and
    evacuate people, and to defend cities on the Sava's riverside which
    are at the moment most threatened. At the time being several people
    lost their lives. Situation at the capital Belgrade is normalized even
    though it was flooded recently. Primary and high schools are still
    closed; furthermore concerts, theater plays and any cultural activities are being cancelled . Even
    though the rain has mainly stopped and meteorologists predict over 20
    degrees of Celsius next week, the worst is yet to come. If people
    don't succeed to defend Serbia's main power plant "Nikola Tesla" which
    produces 50% of total Serbia's electricity and is located near river
    Sava, stability of energy supply system will be called into question.
    Today, first bodies are being pulled out, and everyone is afraid what will they find after water is withdrawn.
    Dead cattle floating around is also one of the problems because it can
    cause mass infection. Furthermore landslides have destroyed all
    efforts to preserve infrastructure that hasn't fully been affected by
    floods: roads, bridges, houses etc. It will take years to repair the
    flood damage, mainly because Serbia is an agricultural country with
    economy in recovery. All we can do now is to show solidarity and help
    each others in order to save lives, which is most important at the
    moment. Serbian government expects help from foreign governments in money, equipment etc. and sends gratitude and thanks to those who have already sent their help.

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