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Mon May 19, 2014 5:46PM
An aerial view shows the Serbian town of Obrenovac, some 30km southwest of Belgrade, flooded by Sava River, on May 19, 2014.

An aerial view shows the Serbian town of Obrenovac, some 30km southwest of Belgrade, flooded by Sava River, on May 19, 2014.

Iran has offered condolences to governments and people in three Balkan countries where flooding has left nearly 50 people dead and forced tens of thousands from their homes.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marzieh Afkham on Monday expressed sympathy with the governments and people in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Croatia.

Iranian relief agencies are examining ways to send aid to flood-hit countries.

Record rainfall has caused historic floods in Bosnia, Serbia and parts of Croatia, causing 47 deaths and forcing some 65,000 to abandon their homes. The worst affected areas are northern parts of Bosnia around the Sava River.

“The consequences of the floods are terrifying,” Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said, adding that more than 100,000 houses were no longer usable.

In Serbia, most victims drowned in Obrenovac, a Belgrade borough that has been hardest-hit since the start of downpour last week.

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said, “This natural cataclysm might be calming down, but we need lots of efforts to rebuild the country.”

Serbia’s Interior Ministry ordered a full evacuation of Obrenovac as Sava River is feared to recede.

Bosnian and Serbian health authorities warned of a possible outbreak of infectious diseases like typhoid and hepatitis due to rising temperatures.

“We have to react properly to avoid even worse catastrophe, to avoid infectious diseases,” Serbian Health Minister ZLatibor Loncar said.

KA/HMV/SS

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