Monumental flooding from three months worth of rain falling a in few days in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Croatia has caused more than 40 deaths and the evacuation of more than 500,000 people. There are also concerns that thousands of people are trapped in buildings without power or communication.
In the largest amount of flooding since the country started maintaining records 120 years ago, the River Sava has reached 6.3 meters (20.7 feet) and has flooded the town of Obrenovac, approximately 35 kilometers (22.7 miles) southwest from the capital of Belgrade. Near Obrenovac is the Nikola Tesla power plant complex that supplies nearly half of the country with coal-generated electricity. The flooding threatens to leave millions of people in Serbia without power. Along the river’s path, residents of another 11 towns have been ordered to evacuate. Along the Danube River, a thermal power plant in Kostolac that supplies 20% of the nation’s power also confronts significant water damage, and workers are attempting to protect it with sandbags. An estimated 300,000 people are without safe drinking water and electricity.