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20 Heartbreaking Photos Of The Deadly Floods In Serbia, Bosnia

Severe flooding has prompted the evacuation of tens of thousands of people and left dozens dead. The number of people impacted by the high water is expected to be much larger.

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1. Severe flooding across the Balkans has forced tens of thousands to evacuate and has already left more than 35 people dead.

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Obrenovac, Serbia, on Sunday, May 18. Serbia ordered the evacuation Monday 12 towns along the raging Sava River, which has been overflowing.

2. Rescue efforts have been hampered by concerns that land mines from the Bosnian War could surface in mudslides, putting those involved in the search efforts at risk.

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3. "There are reports that land mines buried during the conflict and not yet removed are in some instances being shifted with the landslides, adding [to] the dangers of people living in the areas, as well as rescuers," the Red Cross said.

4. At least 12 bodies have been recovered in Obrenovac, about 22 miles from the capital of Serbia, Belgrade, the government said Sunday evening.

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11. "Some people simply do not want to leave their homes," Novica Biorac, a volunteer from a rafting club in Raska, said. "We are trying to convince them to leave, but it's very difficult."

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Russian rescue team members repair boats during flood evacuation from Obrenovac, Serbia, on Saturday, May 17.

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13. Authorities organized a helicopter airlift to get families to safety before the water inundated their homes. Many people were lifted from rooftops.

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Serbian police are seen here carrying an old man from a military helicopter during flood evacuation from Obrenovac on Saturday, May 17.

15. The cities of Orasje and Brcko in northeast Bosnia, where the Sava River forms a border with Croatia, were ordered to be evacuated.

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Paramedics help an old woman during evacuation from Obrenovac.

17. Rescuers in the hard-hit town of Obrenovac have recovered the first bodies of flood victims and there is concern over how many may eventually be found once waters subside.

18. The floods and landslides also raised concerns over the estimated 1 million land mines planted during the Bosnia war between 1992 and 1995.

AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic

Nearly 120,000 of the unexploded devices remain in carefully marked minefields, but the weather toppled warning signs and even shifted the mines themselves.

Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.

Contact Michelle Broder Van Dyke at michelle@buzzfeed.com.

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