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Landslides Add To Misery Of Balkan Floods

Serbian soldiers evacuate people in a boat in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, on May 17.
Serbian soldiers evacuate people in a boat in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, on May 17.

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Record flooding in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia has led to the evacuation of thousands of people in both countries and now there are reports landslides caused by rain-saturated ground are causing further danger.

By May 18, Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said 44 people were reported killed during the major flooding that has affected the Balkans for several days -- 16 in Serbia, 27 in Bosnia, and one in Croatia.

River levels were still rising in the Serbian capital, Belgrade, and further west toward the Bosnian border.

In Bosnia, where a third of the country is dealing with flood conditions, some 300 avalanches have been reported, mostly in the northeast.

Officials in Bosnia are also warning residents about the potential dangers from landmines left over from the 1992-95 war.

Officials fear the flooding will unearth some of the landmines and there are also concerns that minefield warning signs will be washed away.
 
Based on reporting by Reuters and AP

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