May.19 (Reuters)- Soldiers, police and villagers battle to protect power plants in Serbia from rising flood waters as the death toll from the Balkan region’s worst rainfall in more than a century reaches 37. Sarah Toms reports.
Twelve bodies were recovered from the worst-hit Serbian town of Obrenovac, 30 km (18 miles) southwest of the capital, Belgrade, but the number was likely to rise as waters receded.
“The situation is catastrophic,” Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic told reporters.
Hundreds of soldiers and residents scrambled to raise sandbag barriers around the perimeter of the Kostolac power plant east of Belgrade, where a Reuters cameraman said waters from the swollen River Mlava, a tributary to the much larger River Danube, had come to within a kilometer.