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Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

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SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers – and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock.

As the rainfall stopped and temperatures rose, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting.

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in the past week has forced half a million people from their homes and led to at least 44 deaths: 22 in Bosnia, 20 in Serbia and two in Croatia. Authorities said the death toll could rise.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning starting Wednesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops used ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and drove the carcasses away on trucks.

In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers often had no time to free their livestock from barns or fenced fields, so that they could attempt to swim to safety.

Many dead animals were found slumped over the metal fences they had tried to jump over.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Serbia’s senior veterinarian, Sanja Celbicanin, said 140 tons of drowned animals had been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia and teams could work only in areas deemed safe by police, she said, urging residents not to touch any dead animals.

Serbian state television showed footage of army units spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases, including hepatitis and typhoid, often spread after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections, but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

Water levels were still rising Tuesday in parts of northern Bosnia, particularly the town of Orasje, with flood levels exceeding one meter (yard).

Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.

Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers: tons of drowned livestock posing a health hazard.

With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting Tuesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops were using ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and driving the carcasses away on trucks. In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers did not always have time to unleash their livestock or let them out of barns to try to swim to safety.

Some dead animals were still hanging over the metal fences they tried to jump over when the water rushed in.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Chief Serbian Veterinary Inspector Sanja Celbicanin said 140 tons of drowned animals have been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia alone and teams can only work in areas that police have deemed safe, she said, urging residents not to touch the dead animals.

Serbian state television showed army teams spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas to prevent possible diseases.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases – including hepatitis and typhoid – often occur after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections (yet) but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in past week has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least 43 deaths: 20 in Serbia, 21 in Bosnia and two in Croatia. Authorities say the death toll still could go higher.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning from Wednesday to Friday.

In villages and towns along the Sava River, which forms the border between Bosnia and Croatia, water was still over one meter (yard) high Tuesday. Volunteers were still evacuating people and distributing aid to those who decided to wait out the flood on higher floors. The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the hard-hit town of Obrenovac.

Water levels in the mighty Danube were also rising Tuesday, prompting Serbian authorities to order the evacuation of two villages along Europe’s second-largest river.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for the second day, aiming to later drop sandbags on them to try to close the gaps. Many areas faced land mine dangers after thousands of landslides hit, shifting mine fields left over from the country’s 1992-95 war.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international donor’s conference and asked commercial banks to reprogram the mortgages of those who had lost property in the flooding.

Aida Cerkez reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Jovana Gec from Belgrade, Serbia.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers: tons of drowned livestock posing a health hazard.

With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting Tuesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops were using ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and driving the carcasses away on trucks. In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers did not always have time to unleash their livestock or let them out of barns to try to swim to safety.

Some dead animals were still hanging over the metal fences they tried to jump over when the water rushed in.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Chief Serbian Veterinary Inspector Sanja Celbicanin said 140 tons of drowned animals have been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia alone and teams can only work in areas that police have deemed safe, she said, urging residents not to touch the dead animals.

Serbian state television showed army teams spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas to prevent possible diseases.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases – including hepatitis and typhoid – often occur after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections (yet) but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in past week has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least 43 deaths: 20 in Serbia, 21 in Bosnia and two in Croatia. Authorities say the death toll still could go higher.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning from Wednesday to Friday.

In villages and towns along the Sava River, which forms the border between Bosnia and Croatia, water was still over one meter (yard) high Tuesday. Volunteers were still evacuating people and distributing aid to those who decided to wait out the flood on higher floors. The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the hard-hit town of Obrenovac.

Water levels in the mighty Danube were also rising Tuesday, prompting Serbian authorities to order the evacuation of two villages along Europe’s second-largest river.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for the second day, aiming to later drop sandbags on them to try to close the gaps. Many areas faced land mine dangers after thousands of landslides hit, shifting mine fields left over from the country’s 1992-95 war.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international donor’s conference and asked commercial banks to reprogram the mortgages of those who had lost property in the flooding.

Aida Cerkez reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Jovana Gec from Belgrade, Serbia.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

SAMAC, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers: tons of drowned livestock posing a health hazard.

With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals left behind as their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting Tuesday.

In the northern Bosnian town of Samac, troops were using ropes to pull nearly 400 dead cows out of a barn and driving the carcasses away on trucks. In Samac, like many Bosnian and Serbian towns, waters rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning. Farmers did not always have time to unleash their livestock or let them out of barns to try to swim to safety.

Some dead animals were still hanging over the metal fences they tried to jump over when the water rushed in.

“Dead animals are a special problem and those have to be removed and destroyed properly,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Chief Serbian Veterinary Inspector Sanja Celbicanin said 140 tons of drowned animals have been destroyed so far but much more work lay ahead. Some 1,900 sheep and lambs died in just one area of central Serbia alone and teams can only work in areas that police have deemed safe, she said, urging residents not to touch the dead animals.

Serbian state television showed army teams spreading out Tuesday to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas to prevent possible diseases.

Residents in both countries were told not to return to their homes before teams disinfect the area and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases – including hepatitis and typhoid – often occur after flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections (yet) but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

The record flooding in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia in past week has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least 43 deaths: 20 in Serbia, 21 in Bosnia and two in Croatia. Authorities say the death toll still could go higher.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning from Wednesday to Friday.

In villages and towns along the Sava River, which forms the border between Bosnia and Croatia, water was still over one meter (yard) high Tuesday. Volunteers were still evacuating people and distributing aid to those who decided to wait out the flood on higher floors. The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the hard-hit town of Obrenovac.

Water levels in the mighty Danube were also rising Tuesday, prompting Serbian authorities to order the evacuation of two villages along Europe’s second-largest river.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for the second day, aiming to later drop sandbags on them to try to close the gaps. Many areas faced land mine dangers after thousands of landslides hit, shifting mine fields left over from the country’s 1992-95 war.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international donor’s conference and asked commercial banks to reprogram the mortgages of those who had lost property in the flooding.

Aida Cerkez reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia and Jovana Gec from Belgrade, Serbia.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans even as emergency workers battled overflowing rivers and evacuated thousands: tons of drowned livestock were posing a health hazard.

With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals that were left behind after their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting Tuesday.

One farm near the northern Bosnian town of Samac reported losing 450 of its 500 cows.

The record flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in past week has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least 40 deaths: 20 in Serbia, 18 in Bosnia and two in Croatia. Authorities say the death toll still could go higher.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning for flood victims from Wednesday to Friday.

Witnesses say the waters in some areas rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning and flooding entire towns. In many cases, farmers did not have time to unleash their livestock or let them out of barns to try to swim to safety. Only some were pulled out in time.

Authorities in Bosnia have asked for international help to deal with the animal carcass problem, while governments in both Serbia and Bosnia have set up special phone lines for people to reach sanitary teams to pick up dead animals.

Serbian state television on Tuesday showed army teams spreading out to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas to prevent possible diseases.

Residents also have been given special sanitary instructions: they are not to return to their homes before disinfection and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

“Dead animals are a special problem. Those have to be removed and destroyed properly or at least dug deep into the ground and covered with calcium oxide,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Several swollen livestock could be seen along the roads leading toward Serbia’s hard-hit town of Obrenovac, outside the capital of Belgrade. The animal carcasses were apparently brought over from fields and barns for veterinary teams to pick up.

In Obrenovac itself, dozens of stray dogs and others abandoned by fleeing owners were roaming the town’s muddy streets, looking for food among the scattered debris.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases – including hepatitis and typhoid – often occur in the aftermath of the flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections (yet) but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

In neighboring Croatia, authorities said they managed to save 7,500 livestock from eastern flooded areas and transport them to safety.

The floods are still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant, located in Obrenovac, while in Bosnia, many areas faced new land mine dangers after hundreds of landslides hit, shifting mine fields left over from the country’s war.

Water levels in the mighty Danube were also rising Tuesday and Serbian authorities ordered the evacuation of two villages along the banks of Europe’s second-largest river.

Both Serbia and Bosnia have appealed for international help, saying damage from the flooding will be measured in billions. The two countries still have not fully recovered from wars of 1990s, which claimed 100,000 lives and left millions homeless.

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Aida Cerkez reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans even as emergency workers battled overflowing rivers and evacuated thousands: tons of drowned livestock were posing a health hazard.

With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals that were left behind after their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting Tuesday.

One farm near the northern Bosnian town of Samac reported losing 450 of its 500 cows.

The record flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in past week has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least 40 deaths: 20 in Serbia, 18 in Bosnia and two in Croatia. Authorities say the death toll still could go higher.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning for flood victims from Wednesday to Friday.

Witnesses say the waters in some areas rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning and flooding entire towns. In many cases, farmers did not have time to unleash their livestock or let them out of barns to try to swim to safety. Only some were pulled out in time.

Authorities in Bosnia have asked for international help to deal with the animal carcass problem, while governments in both Serbia and Bosnia have set up special phone lines for people to reach sanitary teams to pick up dead animals.

Serbian state television on Tuesday showed army teams spreading out to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas to prevent possible diseases.

Residents also have been given special sanitary instructions: they are not to return to their homes before disinfection and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

“Dead animals are a special problem. Those have to be removed and destroyed properly or at least dug deep into the ground and covered with calcium oxide,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Several swollen livestock could be seen along the roads leading toward Serbia’s hard-hit town of Obrenovac, outside the capital of Belgrade. The animal carcasses were apparently brought over from fields and barns for veterinary teams to pick up.

In Obrenovac itself, dozens of stray dogs and others abandoned by fleeing owners were roaming the town’s muddy streets, looking for food among the scattered debris.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases – including hepatitis and typhoid – often occur in the aftermath of the flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections (yet) but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

In neighboring Croatia, authorities said they managed to save 7,500 livestock from eastern flooded areas and transport them to safety.

The floods are still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant, located in Obrenovac, while in Bosnia, many areas faced new land mine dangers after hundreds of landslides hit, shifting mine fields left over from the country’s war.

Water levels in the mighty Danube were also rising Tuesday and Serbian authorities ordered the evacuation of two villages along the banks of Europe’s second-largest river.

Both Serbia and Bosnia have appealed for international help, saying damage from the flooding will be measured in billions. The two countries still have not fully recovered from wars of 1990s, which claimed 100,000 lives and left millions homeless.

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Aida Cerkez reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia.

Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat

KDWN

BELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans even as emergency workers battled overflowing rivers and evacuated thousands: tons of drowned livestock were posing a health hazard.

With the rainfall stopping and temperatures rising, the withdrawing floodwaters revealed a harrowing sight: thousands of dead cows, pigs, sheep, dogs and other animals that were left behind after their panicked owners fled rapidly advancing torrents.

“There are tons of dead animals that we must dispose of,” Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told a government meeting Tuesday.

One farm near the northern Bosnian town of Samac reported losing 450 of its 500 cows.

The record flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia in past week has forced half a million people out of their homes and led to at least 40 deaths: 20 in Serbia, 18 in Bosnia and two in Croatia. Authorities say the death toll still could go higher.

Bosnia declared Tuesday a day of mourning while Serbia said it would hold three days of mourning for flood victims from Wednesday to Friday.

Witnesses say the waters in some areas rose within hours, racing into yards and homes without warning and flooding entire towns. In many cases, farmers did not have time to unleash their livestock or let them out of barns to try to swim to safety. Only some were pulled out in time.

Authorities in Bosnia have asked for international help to deal with the animal carcass problem, while governments in both Serbia and Bosnia have set up special phone lines for people to reach sanitary teams to pick up dead animals.

Serbian state television on Tuesday showed army teams spreading out to decontaminate and disinfect flooded areas to prevent possible diseases.

Residents also have been given special sanitary instructions: they are not to return to their homes before disinfection and not to eat any food from flooded gardens, orchards or barns.

“Dead animals are a special problem. Those have to be removed and destroyed properly or at least dug deep into the ground and covered with calcium oxide,” said Bosnia’s chief epidemiologist, Dr. Zeljko Ler.

Several swollen livestock could be seen along the roads leading toward Serbia’s hard-hit town of Obrenovac, outside the capital of Belgrade. The animal carcasses were apparently brought over from fields and barns for veterinary teams to pick up.

In Obrenovac itself, dozens of stray dogs and others abandoned by fleeing owners were roaming the town’s muddy streets, looking for food among the scattered debris.

Ler warned that acute stomach ailments and other diseases – including hepatitis and typhoid – often occur in the aftermath of the flooding.

“We are warning the population to drink only boiled or bottled water,” he said. “There are still no mass infections (yet) but for some diseases the incubation period is 14 to 21 days.”

In neighboring Croatia, authorities said they managed to save 7,500 livestock from eastern flooded areas and transport them to safety.

The floods are still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant, located in Obrenovac, while in Bosnia, many areas faced new land mine dangers after hundreds of landslides hit, shifting mine fields left over from the country’s war.

Water levels in the mighty Danube were also rising Tuesday and Serbian authorities ordered the evacuation of two villages along the banks of Europe’s second-largest river.

Both Serbia and Bosnia have appealed for international help, saying damage from the flooding will be measured in billions. The two countries still have not fully recovered from wars of 1990s, which claimed 100,000 lives and left millions homeless.

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Aida Cerkez reported from Sarajevo, Bosnia.