Dozens of homes flooded in Bosnia after heavy rainfall

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Posted: Jan 19, 2015 10:41 AM
Dozens of homes flooded in Bosnia after heavy rainfall

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Heavy overnight rainfall has caused rivers to rise in the Sarajevo area on Monday and flood homes in the suburbs for the fifth time in the past 20 months.

The city's Civil Protection department said that about 100 homes were underwater. Rescuers evacuated an elderly woman, but complained that many residents refused evacuation.

Residents said that over the past few years their homes have been flooded two or three times annually.

"It's chaotic here. I am afraid and I didn't sleep last night at all," said Enver Becirevic, a resident of the Doglodi suburb. "We live in fear all the time."

In central Bosnia, the river Bosna is reaching a critical level and rain has caused at least three landslides. Several roads were closed.

Bosnians have still not recovered from the devastating floods in May, the worst in 120 years. The flooding displaced 90,000 people and left 43,000 homes in need of repair. The floods devastated the agriculture industry, infrastructure, farms, buildings and homes in about 40 percent of the country.

Rain is expected to continue to fall for the rest of the week.