Bosnia struggles with floods after heavy rain

Rivers burst banks, landslides, causing many to sleep outside.
BELGRADE: Thousands of people spent the night outside after rivers swelled and burst their banks in low-lying areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In the northern and central area of the country, the Bosna, Una and Sana rivers overflowed, leading to landslides after two days of heavy rainfall.

Riverside cities, including Bihac, Cazin, Sanski Most, Banja Luka, Prijedor, Maglaj, Teslic, houses and businesses flooded forcing many residents to spend the night outdoors as a precautionary measure.

More than 200 houses were damaged in Prijedor. Maglaj and Sanski declared “natural disaster conditions.”

Some intercity roads have been closed. Cities of Banja Luka, Teslic, Celinac, Novi Grad and Laktasi suspended education.

More rain is expected throughout the week.

In May 2014, floods killed tens of people and damaged nearly 20,000 homes in Bosnia and Herzegovina.–AA

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