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Flooding sets off landslides across Balkans

Towns, villages are buried; families plucked from roofs

Posted: May 19, 2014 at 5:40 a.m.

Volunteers use a rubber boat to evacuate residents from a flooded area in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Sunday, May 18, 2014. In Serbia, more than 20,000 people have been forced from their homes. Officials there fear more flooding later Sunday as floodwaters travel down the Sava and reach the country. Serbian officials said that the flood wave might be lower than initially expected, because the river broke barriers upstream in Croatia and Bosnia. Experts said they expect Sava floodwaters to rise for two more days, then subside. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

BRCKO, Bosnia-Herzegovina -- Floodwaters triggered more than 3,000 landslides across the Balkans on Sunday, killing at least two dozen people, laying waste to entire towns and villages and disturbing land mines left from the region's 1990s war, along with warning signs that marked the unexploded weapons.

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