Unseasonably wet conditions lead to flooding throughout Bosnia

08:14, June 23, 2010      

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Persistent rainfall has led to flooding throughout various regions in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) , as rivers and streams are unable to accommodate the unseasonably wet conditions.

Some communities have declared a state of emergency, and major transportation arteries have been cut due to flooding or landslides brought about by the abundant rains, reported the Sarajevo daily 'Dnevni Avaz' on Tuesday.

According to the Federation Civil Protection Administration, five municipalities in the Tuzla region (in north-eastern BiH) have declared a state of emergency, with almost half the territory of Gradacac under water.

Flooding has been declared in towns on the Sava River, with an estimated 100 dwellings threatened by the rising water level in Brcko. The Bosna River spilled over its banks and has flooded much of the town of Modrica, also leading to evacuations.

One section of the major highway leading from Tuzla to the Croatian border in the north has been washed out.

Milorad Dodik, prime minister of Republika Srpska, the Serb- dominated entity of BiH, stated that initial damage he observed was likely to exceed 50 million Euros, reported the Radio Television Republika Srpska (RTRS).

"This is really a significant disaster," said Dodik after visiting the most vulnerable communities around the capital Banja Luka. "From the helicopter we saw that the highway Banja Luka - Celinac was cut in three places. At the confluence of the Vrbas and Vrbanja (rivers) the water is backing up and the rain continues to fall..this situation is extremely worrying."

More rainfalls have been forecast for the next few days.

Source: Xinhua

(Editor:张茜)

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