Balkans on high alert as floods hit Bosnia, Croatia


BEGOV HAN, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — A 6-year-old boy who fell into a swollen creek on his bicycle remained missing after floods hit parts of Bosnia on Tuesday, raising fears the Balkan country could see a repeat of the record flooding that killed at least 23 people and affected about a third of the population five years ago.

The child was riding over a small wooden bridge outside his home when he fell into the water along with his bike, the boy’s uncle told The Associated Press.

“His mother tried to save him. She jumped into the water,” Sanel Meseljevic said, his voice trembling. “We also went in and searched….We couldn’t find him. We don’t know where he is, if he was swept away … or he is still somewhere in the creek.”

Rescue teams in the central village of Begov Han spent hours looking for the boy and found the bicycle before calling off the search for the day, local media reported.

Torrential rains that started on Sunday caused rivers in northwestern and central Bosnia to break their banks, flooding homes and roads. Local authorities in several areas urged residents living close to rivers to evacuate their homes and launched emergency measures to respond to the rising flood waters.

Hunter Biden May Have Just Ratted Out Joe, Acknowledges Identity of the 'Big Guy' in $5M China Deal

A number of schools canceled classes, while electricity and water supplies were disrupted. Landslides closed local roads.

Officials across Bosnia sought to dispel alarm northern Bosnia was at risk for the kind of destruction it suffered when the heaviest rain ever recorded drenched southeast Europe for days in mid-May 2014.

“We don’t expect the 2014 situation because the intensity of the rainfall was much higher then,” said Dusan Vranjes, an emergency sector official in Prijedor.

Nusret Alicik, a resident of Tesanj, in northern Bosnia, said water burst into the lower part of his house, as well as his mother’s.

“I was at home, I climbed up the stairs on the first floor, brought the valuables upstairs. too. Where else could I go?” he said.

In neighboring Croatia, authorities raised flood defenses in the central towns of Hrvatska Kostajnica, Korana and Karlovac.

Croatian public broadcaster HRT said firefighters rescued eight tourists, including two children, in a central area.

The Western Journal has not reviewed this Associated Press story prior to publication. Therefore, it may contain editorial bias or may in some other way not meet our normal editorial standards. It is provided to our readers as a service from The Western Journal.

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

The Associated Press is an independent, not-for-profit news cooperative headquartered in New York City. Their teams in over 100 countries tell the world’s stories, from breaking news to investigative reporting. They provide content and services to help engage audiences worldwide, working with companies of all types, from broadcasters to brands. Photo credit: @AP on Twitter
The Associated Press was the first private sector organization in the U.S. to operate on a national scale. Over the past 170 years, they have been first to inform the world of many of history's most important moments, from the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and the bombing of Pearl Harbor to the fall of the Shah of Iran and the death of Pope John Paul.

Today, they operate in 263 locations in more than 100 countries relaying breaking news, covering war and conflict and producing enterprise reports that tell the world's stories.
New York City