Serbia prepares for peak of Danube flood wave

BELGRADE -- Emergency flood defense measures were extended on June 11 to 60 more kilometers of land lining the Danube River in Serbia, Beta has reported.

A scene near Bezdan on Tuesday (Tanjug)
A scene near Bezdan on Tuesday (Tanjug)

The total on Tuesday was 155 kilometers from the state border to Mladenovo.

The water level of the Danube River surged and put certain settlements in the municipality of Beočin, northern Serbia, in danger on Wednesday.

But "competent teams are there taking all defense actions needed," Đorđe Babić, deputy head of the Interior Ministry's (MUP) Sector for Emergency Management, told Tanjug.

Babić said that the Danube water level had increased by 15-20 centimeters compared to Tuesday, and that this morning it measured 734 centimeters in Bezdan near Sombor.

Vode Vojvodine (Waters of Vojvodina), the provincial public water management company, said on Tuesday that emergency flood defenses had been erected on the Danube between Bogojevo and Mladenovo.

According to the company, the flood prevention measures encompass 305 kilometers of defense barriers lining the Danube and Tisa Rivers and Begej Canal.

According to the Serbian Hydrometeorological Service (RHMZ), the level of the Danube will continue to rise over the next three days, while the flood wave from central Europe is expected to peak at Bezdan on June 14.

Tanjug is reporting that the water level is expected to reach between 730 and 740 centimeters, while downstream in Apatin, it will rise to between 770 and 780.

Vode Vojvodine said that the announced water levels, although exceptionally high, would not endanger the areas that were being protected from flooding, although vacation cottages along the Danube, as well as settlements which had been built in "disallowed areas" in the Danube riverbed would be flooded, Beta reported.