Serbia Declares National Mourning, Flood Toll Rises
BELGRADE, May 20 (Reuters) - Serbia on Tuesday declared three days of national mourning and reported another death in the worst rainfall to hit the Balkan region in living memory, even as the rising River Sava threatened more havoc.
At least 40 people have died in Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, after days of the heaviest rainfall since records began 120 years ago caused rivers to burst their banks and triggered hundreds of landslides.
On Serbia's border with Bosnia, the mayor of Mali Zvornik said an "entire hill" was threatening to slide into the River Drina and flood the town and neighboring Zvornik.Obrenovac was almost deserted, evacuated by police and soldiers on fears of a new flood wave.
In northern Bosnia, the Sava broke sandbag defenses overnight and flooded several villages near the town of Orasje.
The government in Bosnia says more than 1 million people, or a quarter of the population, have been affected by the flooding and landslides, comparing the destruction to that of the country's 1992-95 war.