Rivers overflow their banks in central Serbia, Kosovo

ZVEČAN, NIŠ, PRIJEPOLJE -- Rivers have overtopped their banks in central Serbia and Kosovo, causing floods and numerous problems.

The collapsed bridge near Leposavić (Tanjug)
The collapsed bridge near Leposavić (Tanjug)

An 11-year-old ethnic Albanian girl drowned in the Izbica River in the village of Srbica near Kosovska Mitrovica.

The Ibar River overtopped its banks and caused a bridge to collapse. The bridge connects the village of Kutnje with Leposavić and around 50 households are now cut off from the world. Children and adults were unable to go to school and work on Friday morning.

The situation in Leposavić is improving and water is slowly withdrawing.

Several villages are left without electricity and Leposavić Mayor Dragiša Vasić has visited the citizens in the flooded area.

Civilian protection teams and local residents are struggling to prevent water from reaching houses in the villages of Vuča, Jošanica, Tvrđen, Krnjin, Lešak and Vračevo.

The situation is improving in the Zvečan municipality. Several households in the village of Doljane have been completely flooded.

Returnees' homes in the villages of Berkovo and Dragoljevac have been flooded and local roads are under water.

The most difficult situation in the Istok municipality is in the returnee village of Žač.

Downtown Peć is completely flooded.

Serbian police (MUP) Emergency Situations Sector Chief Predrag Marić says that the situation in Serbia is stabilizing and that water levels are stagnating. He added that the situation was much more dramatic on Thursday.

The situation in central Serbia is critical in Niš, Kraljevo, Šabac, Novi Pazar and Prijepolje.

The Emergency Situations Sector gas sent specialized teams, 20 members and six boats to the flooded areas, the Serbian police released on Friday.

The water levels increased due to heavy rain and snow.

Emergency flood defense has been declared on the Raška River in southwestern Serbia.

Regular flood defense has been declared on the Sava River near Šabac and Sremska Mitrovica, on the Veliko Središte Dam near Vršac and on Lim, Miloševka and Seljasnica Rivers in the town of Prijepolje.