Severe flash floods hit Bosnia and Herzegovina

Heavy rains affecting Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday and Friday, November 4 and 5, 2021, caused severe flash flooding in parts of the country, causing power outages and forcing evacuations.

Hundreds of homes in the Sarajevo suburbs, along the rivers Bosnia, Tilava, and Zeljeznica, and in the southwest part of the country, around the town of Konjic, had to be evacuated on Friday under unrelenting heavy downpours that started falling on Thursday.1

Most parts of Sarajevo were left for hours without electric power on Friday morning due to the flooding of one of the main substations on the outskirts of the city, the AP reports.

The power transmission company, Elektroprijenos, said the heavy rain was hindering attempts to get the power rerouted.

A five-year-old boy was rescued by locals in Kijevo, Trnovo after his home was completely flooded.

Dramatic scenes are coming from Vojnići, eastern Sarajevo where a gas station and a hotel are in danger of collapsing into a river, potentially causing an ecological disaster.2

More heavy rains are expected in the days ahead and residents are urged to stay alert.

References:

1 Flash floods in Bosnia prompt evacuations, power outages - AP

2 Benzinska u BiH bi se uskoro, zbog poplava, mogla urušiti u rijeku. Posljedice bi bile goleme - Telegram

Featured image credit: Klix


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