Dramatic Aerial Video Of Worst Ever Balkan Flooding

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Wondering what Eastern Europe will blame its economic weakness on? No, not sanctions... but perhaps the second coming of Noah might slow things down a little. The overall death toll in the worst flooding in the Balkans has risen to at least 47 people. The images have to be seen to be believed.

AFP has the details:

Bosnia said Monday it was witnessing "the biggest exodus" since the 1990s war after the worst floods in a century inundated huge swathes of the Balkans, killing at least 47 people.

Muddy waters from the Sava River have submerged houses, churches, mosques and roads in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia after record rainfall last week wreaked havoc across the region.

There were fears that dead bodies and animal carcasses could lead to disease outbreaks, while officials warned that 120,000 unexploded mines from the conflicts of the 1990s could be dislodged.

"More than 100,000 people" have been evacuated in Bosnia alone, said Stanko Sliskovic of Bosnia's emergency services, with tens of thousands more displaced in neighbouring countries.

"This is the biggest exodus since the end of the 1992-1995 war," he told AFP.

Dozens of towns and villages have been cut off and over 2,000 landslides already reported, with water levels expected to continue rising in the coming days.

In Kosova, a hamlet between the northwestern Bosnian towns of Doboj and Maglaj which was badly hit by flooding, people's homes were almost visibly moving as the loose terrain shifted.

Around 20 homes "have slid down 30 metres (yards) since yesterday. They will not exist tomorrow," a rescue worker said.

Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said more than a quarter of the country's population of 3.8 million "has been affected by the floods" after the heaviest rainfalls on record began last week.

"Right now, more than one million people have no water," he said.

In Serbia, some 600,000 of its 7.2 million inhabitants were affected by "severe floods following the heaviest rains the Balkans have witnessed in 120 years," the UN's World Food Programme said in a statement.

"This is Armageddon, I can't describe it otherwise," Nedeljko Brankovic told AFP from Krupanj, a town in the southwestern Serbia. "Houses are literally washed away and landslides are everywhere."

The death toll from the floods rose to 47 Monday after two new victims were found overnight in a village near the western Serbian town of Sabac.

Neighbouring Croatia has also evacuated thousands of people from along the river Sava.

Rescuers told of wrenching scenes as they finally reached cut-off villages, with dozens of people huddling on top of the tallest houses with no water or food.

"It was like a tsunami," said Suad Garanovic, resident of the Bosnian village of Topcic Polje, as he looked over his house, now drowned in mud.

"This is the second time I've fled my house. The first time was during the war. Now, just like then, I've lost everything," said Nihad Smajlovic in a nearby hamlet.

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Mon, 05/19/2014 - 19:49 | 4775483 BigJim
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C'mon, FlakMeister,  tell us it's all down to that evil CO2 stuff that plants just can't get enough of.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 19:55 | 4775502 Pladizow
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I like the end where Hillary shows up for a swim!

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 19:57 | 4775511 cifo
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America will help them recover.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:18 | 4775576 Hughing
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Haitian style

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:28 | 4775618 Son of Captain Nemo
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.

+100

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:59 | 4775714 Stackers
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George Bush hates Balkan people

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:22 | 4775768 Ignatius
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Why not, he hated New Orleans.

Kinda has that New Orleans circa 2005 look to it.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 23:25 | 4776165 Oliver Klozoff
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Yeah but where are all the looters?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 02:22 | 4776401 wee-weed up
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Too bad this did not happen back when they were trying to genocide each other.

Maybe the death toll back then would have been much less.

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 05:39 | 4776505 DogOfSinope
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Maybe.

Further more, if there were no involment of Victoria Nuland-likes there in the beginning of 90's - said genocide attempts maybe wouldn't happen at all?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 05:54 | 4776514 gold-is-not-dead
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unity and brotherhood all over again... and btw, in the middle of flood infrastructure holds and people who stayed have access to blockchain and licence to kill... oh the good times...

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 06:54 | 4776548 DogOfSinope
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And, your point is?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 08:32 | 4776770 Manthong
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"120,000 unexploded mines"...  WTF?

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 22:59 | 4775530 Theta_Burn
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@Plad

 Pic of the Bush's fishing the streets of New Orleans during Katrina..

http://politicalhumor.about.com/library/images/blbushfishingvacation.htm

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:22 | 4775600 Richard Head
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Didn't notice any brain damage on that pig.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:25 | 4775610 are we there yet
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gaag.... hillary in a swimsuit ..... don't stop there, Wookie and Hillary jello wrestling each other.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 19:56 | 4775505 Uber Vandal
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I thought it was Brawndo that plants craved (can't get enough of) for the Electrolytes.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:08 | 4775536 NidStyles
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Funny considering how last week they were bitching about drought in Eastern Europe...

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:52 | 4775696 mrpxsytin
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Further proof of climate change. See it changes from week to week. Now pay all your money to the UN and they will ensure year round homeostasis. 

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:58 | 4775709 NidStyles
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According to the IRS I'm broke ;-)

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 02:34 | 4776407 wee-weed up
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Humorous tale...

AlGore told Tipper her hot flashes were not due to menapause...

But because of Global Warming.

He's been seeking his limited "pleasures" on massage tables ever since.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:56 | 4775698 James_Cole
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Yep Nid -- they are related!

Fuck it, just look at my links below..

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:28 | 4775789 whoisonfirst
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Careful what you wish for, you might get it.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:23 | 4775602 nmewn
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I can speak for him, this would be the cold-wet part of global warming...the hot/cold/wet/dry/windy/calm experience of AGW.

See, the ice breakers got stuck in the ice that wasn't there a hundred years ago, so thats proof of global warming. And the ice pack is actually growing in the southern hemisphere, so again, thats proof of global warming. Its dry in California as witnessed by the native tumbleweeds that grow there, so again...global warming.

These flood waters will eventually rush into the sea, so again...

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 20:53 | 4775695 James_Cole
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I know you guys are geniuses, so put this together:

http://bigstory.ap.org/article/balkans-region-hit-worst-drought-decades

http://mashable.com/2014/05/18/flooding-balkans/

After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans region in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought across the area in nearly 40 years, officials say.

:::THEN::::

"This is the greatest flooding disaster ever. Not only in the past 100 years; this has never happened in Serbia's history,"

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:05 | 4775727 nmewn
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The Sava is spring fed...you sayin this is from snow pack in the Alps ace? ;-)

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:11 | 4775738 James_Cole
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No the point is they had a drought last winter, up to very recently restricting water use. So drought + heavy rain = ?

People have predicted droughts / floods tied to global warming since the 80s (and before). 

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:23 | 4775772 nmewn
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We have droughts here too (its called weather) so bad the swamps catch fire from lightening strikes from a passing storm that doesn't give hardly any rain...real wrath of God type stuff, smoke blotting out the sun an all. The only thing that stops it is...rain.

This year, a lot of rain, rivers overflowing, swamps are all full again...so what?

Its been going on for thousands of years, we here, in this time & space, are not special snowfllakes ;-)

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:31 | 4775797 James_Cole
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You may have missed the bit about "worst drought in half a century" &  "worst flooding in a century"

It's about trends, not "opp cold outside my house today, GLOBAL WARMING MUST BE ALL BULLSHIT!!!

See where you fit in here:

http://rack.3.mshcdn.com/media/ZgkyMDE0LzA1LzA2LzZhL0NTX05ldF9DaGFuLmJkZ...

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:38 | 4775824 nmewn
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So the "trend" is for the earth to self correct places that are normally moderate to wet in our life time?

Shocking...lol.

Let me know when the Sahara is getting ready to return to lush foilage so I can pick out a spot, before all the SUV's come driving in and return it to desert.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:46 | 4775845 James_Cole
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zzzzz

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 22:19 | 4775966 nmewn
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Pretty sure the Sahara happened waaaayyyy before trains and SUV's.

Zzzzz...lol.

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 07:39 | 4776624 what's that smell
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you are a brave blogger to take on these agw fuctards.

maybe they should go over to max keiser's site and join the crash JPM / silver liberation / bitcoin / AGW shrieking.

smells like the middle ages...."burn the denier (wytch)!"

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 20:45 | 4779467 nmewn
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Its like a hobby with me, I like to watch their heads explode when rational people disagree with them...lol...obviously I'm a heretic to them.

But I think I'll float ok ;-)

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:08 | 4775730 LetThemEatRand
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You're not going to convince this crowd, because the very concept that man can affect the overall environment such that coordinated effort is necessary to combat it is antithetical to the pure libertarian mind-set. And of course a bunch of NWO types have seized upon the issue to enrich themselves, giving all "skeptics" a nice cover to explain that almost all scientists have it wrong.   So I recommend that you do as I do.  Say fuck it, by a V8 (or a V12 if you can afford one), smirk while reading these same guys acknowledge that Fukishima (a single nuclear power plant) is a serious threat to human-kind (it is), and figure that something else is going to kill you far sooner anyway.   

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:15 | 4775752 James_Cole
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Say fuck it, by a V8 (or a V12 if you can afford one), smirk while reading these same guys acknowledge that Fukishima (a single nuclear power plant) is a serious threat to human-kind (it is), and figure that something else is going to kill you far sooner anyway.   

It's just bizarre that some people are still in denial. Why do I respond? Good question.. can't resist. It always seems like with a tiny bit more info people will come around. 

Worldwide most people understand it though, unfortunately there's no realistic solutions presented yet..

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:32 | 4775801 nmewn
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Would either of you two jokers like to explain how it is, that a modern ship got trapped in Antarctic ice trying to prove the South Pole is warmer than it was one hundred years ago, when a less than modern ship (by our own current standards today) actually made it and landed on terra firma (that would be solid ground, as in soil) one hundred years ago?

(Tapping finger)

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:37 | 4775818 FredFlintstone
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Its real complicated. You probably wouldn't understand. Besides, you are so blinded by ideology that you wouldn't see the obvious. SARC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:49 | 4775858 nmewn
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lol...thats the other thing, notice how they always say we peasants are too stooooopid to understand. We should just trust in governmental bodies and the scientists which government funds in this "research" who have, actually, sold away all trust.

We should just submit to moar taxation & regulation willingly, cuz they're smart and we're all gonna die in a gigantic fireball if we don't ;-)

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 21:52 | 4775869 James_Cole
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lol...thats the other thing, notice how they always say we peasants are too stooooopid to understand.

Please point out where I said people were too stupid to understand? 

It's denial, not intelligence. LTER said what's probably true - AGW doesn't fit with some peoples world views so they perform mental gymnastics to get around it. 

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 22:13 | 4775949 nmewn
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You expose yourself.

It fits with your and LTER's "world views" though doesn't it?

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 22:45 | 4776051 James_Cole
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It fits with your and LTER's "world views" though doesn't it?

No and it wouldn't need to, facts (+ 97% of climate scientists) are entirely in agreement. Even exxon and I see the same on this issue. 

What you are saying is against what the overwhelming majority of people who have studied this issue concluded. So the question is...why? Clearly it's not a fact-based reason so one has to speculate why. 

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 23:25 | 4776166 Slave
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You don't even know where that 97% number comes from do you?

Please, go look it up. Please.

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 23:28 | 4776178 James_Cole
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http://www.skepticalscience.com/global-warming-scientific-consensus.htm

Now pull up your your bullshit 'debunk' article...

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 11:31 | 4776551 BigJim
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I'll tell you what James. Why don't you pull up some of the 'bullshit' articles debunking the '97% consensus', and debunk them? Because, having read around the subject a wee bit, it's clear the '97% consensus' that is trotted out to tell us that AGW is a ginormous peril to humankind is bullshit.

It's also irrelevant.

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 14:36 | 4778335 James_Cole
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I'll tell you what James. Why don't you pull up some of the 'bullshit' articles debunking the '97% consensus', and debunk them?

Just did?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 15:08 | 4778451 Flakmeister
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I suppose you should have cited the accredited or peer reviewed studies quantifying the concensus  directly (free versions where available)

2004: http://www.sciencemag.org/content/306/5702/1686.full   (not peer reviewed)

2009: http://tigger.uic.edu/~pdoran/012009_Doran_final.pdf

2010: http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2010/06/04/1003187107.abstract

2013: http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/8/2/024024/article

The scientific debate is over.....

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 19:29 | 4779216 fwaynemartin
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So 97% are wrong. What's your point?

Tue, 05/20/2014 - 20:46 | 4779479 nmewn
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He's a consensus flat earther, no hope...lol.

Fri, 05/23/2014 - 00:03 | 4787448 MeelionDollerBogus
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the point is those 97% are provably right using measured evidence meaning you and the other 3% are in fact wrong and so wrong you'll pretend hotter temperatures is actually "cooling", that's how far wrong you are.

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