IN THE worst flooding in the Balkans for more than 100 years,
about 65 people have died in Bosnia and Serbia.
The Serb city of Obrenovac was worst hit. Flooding affected 90
per cent of the population when the river rose several metres
overnight, catching residents by surprise. Now, as the flood waters
recede and the clean-up begins, questions are being asked about the
speed of the authorities' response to the disaster.
The Prime Minister of Serbia, Aleksandar Vucic, has responded by
blaming local authorities and bloggers for stoking public feeling.
Three Facebook users are reported to have been questioned by police
after being accused of "spreading panic" online.
The UK, together with other countries, has sent aid, and is also
sending experts who helped in therecent flooding of the Somerset
The charity Samaritan's Purse is active in the region. It has
emergency relief teams on the ground distributing cleaning kits and
food to church leaders. In Bosnia, teams are working in communities
made up of many people who were refugees from the Balkan War in
1990, after fleeing from Sarajevo.
Stoja Anicic, a grandmother, told relief workers: "This is the
second time we have lost everything, and are starting from