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Parts of east Serbia cut off as new Balkan flooding swept away roads and bridges


BELGRADE, Serbia — New floods in the Balkans isolated parts of eastern Serbia on Monday as swollen rivers swept away roads and bridges, cutting power supplies and phone lines.

Emergency measures have been declared in the hardest-hit municipalities where heavy rains caused rivers to burst banks and surge into villages, flooding homes and streets.

Police used boats to take out more than 300 people from a flooded area along the Danube. Additional emergency crews were sent to the region as rainy weather was expected to continue overnight, police said.

A total of 15 villages are in danger in the Kladovo region, near the boundary with Romania, where main roads connecting the area with the rest of Serbia have been either flooded or destroyed by the surging waters.

Some 20 people, who were stuck earlier Monday in the Podvrska village, have been plucked out after they climbed to higher floors of their houses. Police did not report any casualties.

Two people died in floods in Slovenia last weekend, while hundreds were forced out of homes in Croatia. Authorities there said that two-thirds of the country were in danger of flooding.

More than 50 people died in record Balkan floods in May, which hit Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, flooding entire towns and causing hundreds of landslides.

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