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Severe floods hit Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, one person killed, several injured

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Prolonged heavy rain is causing severe flooding across central Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina since May 12, 2019. Several people were injured, one person was killed and another one remains missing.

Strong winds and heavy rainfall is affecting parts of  Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina since May 12, leading to deaths, injuries and damage.

At least 5 people were injured in Zagreb on May 13, while strong winds downed trees and caused power outages. Firefighters reported over 500 interventions and 300 rescues in Zagreb and its surroundings.

One person was killed near the island of Krk after his fishing boat capsized during stormy weather. 

Flood defenses were raised in the central towns of Hrvatska Kostajnica, Korana and Karlovac.

In Bosnia and Herzegovina, five municipalities declared a state of emergency (Bosanska Krupa, Sanski Most, Banovici, Tesanj and Teslic). Classes in some schools were canceled, traffic, electricity and water supply disrupted.

Hundreds of houses have been affected, authorities said late May 14.

Landslides blocked some of the roads in the central part of the country while floods destroyed a temporary pedestrian bridge near the town of Banja Luka.

One person, a 6-year-old boy, fell into a swollen creek in the village of Begov Han and is still missing.

Rivers Sana, Una and Usora Rivers are causing the biggest problems. 

While authorities are urging people to remain cautious, the floods are not expected to reach catastrophic levels seen exactly 5 years ago when the region experienced its worst-ever flooding.

On May 14, 2014, a stationary front positioned itself over Croatia, Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. Over the next 5 days, it dumped extremely heavy rain, leaving the region under widespread flooding which forever changed the lives of tens of thousands of people.

All major rivers have burst their banks at some points, thousands of homes were flooded and agricultural sector in all three countries suffered major losses.

More than 45 people have lost their lives as waters submerged towns and swept away roads and bridges. Residents described the event as cataclysmic. 

Image credit: NASA Terra / MODIS. Acquired: May 15, 2014. Edit: The Watchers

Featured image credit: Radio Banovina

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