March 4, 2024

3 dead in Serbia after second deadly storm rips through Balkans this week

Three people have died in Serbia as another deadly storm ripped through the Balkans this week, local media said Saturday.

Friday’s storm first passed through Slovenia, moving on to Croatia and then Serbia and Bosnia, with gusts of wind and heavy rain. Authorities reported power distribution issues and extensive damage – including downed trees – that destroyed cars and roofs.

On Wednesday, another storm killed six people in the region, four in Croatia, one in Slovenia and one in Bosnia.

Meteorologists said the storms were so large because they followed a series of very hot days. Experts say extreme weather conditions are probably fueled by climate change.

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People check the damage after a powerful storm, in Zagreb, Croatia, Wednesday, July 19, 2023. A powerful storm with strong winds and heavy rain hit Croatia and Slovenia on Wednesday, killing at least four people and injuring many others, police and local media outlets said. (AP Photo)

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In the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, a 12-year-old was found dead on the street during the storm but it is not clear whether he was struck by lightning or electrocuted, the official RTS television said.

Local media say Novi Sad was hit the hardest, with the storm damaging the roof of the city’s exhibition hall. Around 30 people are seeking medical help and many streets are still blocked on Saturday morning.

In the village of Kovacica, in northeastern Serbia, a woman died from smoke inhalation after a fire erupted when lightning struck a tree near her home, RTS said.

Serbian police said Saturday that a man died in the northwestern town of Backa Palanka after trying to remove power cables that had fallen on the gate of his house.

In Croatia, the storm wreaked havoc in various parts of the country, as authorities were already scrambling to control the damage left by Wednesday’s storm.

“We work night and day, without stopping,” Nermin Brezovcanin, a construction worker in the capital Zagreb, told the official HRT television.

Several people were injured at a tourist campsite in the north of the Istrian peninsula that was packed with visitors from abroad during the summer. Croatia’s Adriatic coast and islands attract millions of tourists every summer.

Slovenia says storms have severely damaged forests in the Alpine nation and warned of possible flash floods.

Elsewhere in Europe, a continuous heat wave They caused wildfires and public health warnings.

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