View Full Version : Thousands Flee as Entire Villages are swept away in Flash Floods in the Balkans

04-12-10, 03:07 PM
The Balkans have been hit by flash floods with entire villages submerged.

Severe flooding hit the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Flooding caused by rivers swollen through heavy rainfall forced thousands of people from their homes in Albania, Bosnia, Serbia and Montenegro on Friday, officials said.

More than 7,000 people were moved to safer areas in Albania, where Prime Minister Sali Berisha described the situation as "very serious".

Thousands of houses were damaged and roads linking the capital Tirana to the north of the country were completely blocked, local authorities reported.

In Bosnia authorities declared a state of emergency after some 1,000 homes were flooded around the town of Bijeljina along the Drina river, the natural border between Bosnia and Serbia.

In Serbia, at least 1,400 people were evacuated from the town of Loznica. More than 3,000 more people were at risk from the flooding of the Drina in the area of Loznica, Serbia's interior ministry said.

In Montenegro around 1,300 people were evacuated due to the "unprecedented" floods that hit the country, Interior Minister Ivan Brajovic said.


Hundreds of ars, homes are underwater in Bulgaria, Dec 4, 2010


Some roads in and around Sofia remained closed today.


It's raining here day and night.