Bosnia officials call epic flooding 'terrifying,' death toll to rise

By Michelle Kapusta,

Officials in Bosnia said that the epic flooding in the Balkans has already claimed the lives of 38 people and the death toll is expected to rise.

Reuters noted that the government said on Monday that the flooding is "terrifying" and the destruction is comparable to the country's war in the mid-nineties.

"The consequences of the floods are terrifying," said Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija during a news conference. "The physical destruction is not less than the destruction caused by the war. During the war, many people lost everything. Today, again they have nothing."

CNN reported that a new concern from the floods is the potential threat of landmines resurfacing.

"There are reports that landmines buried during the conflict and not yet removed are in some instances being shifted with the landslides, adding (to) the dangers of people living in the areas as well as rescuers," the Red Cross said.

People across Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia have been affected by the flooding which was triggered by record rainfall.

Authorities have not yet estimated the monetary damage, but that too is expected to be astronomical.



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