The worst rainfall to hit Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia in 120 years has destroyed entire towns and more than 1,000 000 people, or a quarter of Bosnian population, have been affected by the flooding and landslides. About 500,000 people have been evacuated or left their homes and at least 95,000 homes are without power. Over a million people have been cut off from clean water supplies. About 300 landslides have complicated rescue efforts as houses and cars are being buried, bridges are crumbling, and roads have been rendered impassable.
With both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia declaring a state of emergency - rescuers and volunteers are working incessantly to help thousands of people out of the flooded houses. Those who have been rescued are staying in temporary shelter, they need the basics such as water, food and sanitary products.
"The physical destruction is not less than the destruction caused by the [1992-95 war in Bosnia]." Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdžija told a news conference. "During the war, many people lost everything. Today, again they have nothing."
He noted that more than 100,000 houses and other buildings in Bosnia were no longer fit to use. There are also fears that some of the 120,000 landmines left over from the Bosnian war have been dislodged.