4 Dead as Heavy Rain Causes Floods in Italy and Balkans

At least 4 people have died in Italy after two days of heavy rain caused floods and landslides in several regions across the country.

Meanwhile heavy rain in the Balkans has raised fears of a repeat of the devastating floods of May 2014.

As of yesterday, flooding had affected only a few areas in Croatia and Bosnia. However, river levels are expected to rise significantly after several days of heavy rain. Some areas received over 120 mm in a 24 hour period.

4 Killed in Italy

Storms and heavy rain have caused flooding and landslides in central and southern regions.

Italy’s civil protection agency say that 4 people have died in landslides and floods over the last 2 days. Two of the people died in the province of Aquila in the Abruzzo region, where around 50 people had to be evacuated after a river overflowed. Other fatalities have been reported in the province of Frosinone in Lazio region, and one in the province of Benevento, Campania region.

Flooding has also affected the provinces of Palermo, Messina and Trapani in Sicily.

ECHO said that on 14 October around 75 mm of rain fell in 24 hours in Pisa, Tuscany region and 135 mm in Venice.

Croatia

Croatian authorities have issued alerts for levels the Kupa and Vojlovica rivers. ECHO reported yesterday that “maximum water levels on Sava river are expected on 15th to 16th October in the Karlovac area and upriver of Crnac area. During the weekend the maximum water levels are expected in Sisak area (Kupa – Sava Basin). Next week the water wave will flow downriver from Sisak towards Jasenovac, Slavonski Brod and Županja”.

Some flooding has been reported in Croatia, according to local media. Parts of the city of Karlovac in central Croatia, were under water yesterday, 15 October, 2015, after the Kupa and Korana rivers overflowed.

Below is a map of the flooded area around Karlovac from Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) of the European Union. According to EMS, nearly 10,000 hectares have been flooded in the area, with almost 20 km of roads left under water and over 5,000 people affected..

For complete details and map, see the Copernicus map here.

Image taken from Copernicus map
Image taken from Copernicus map

Flooding has also been reported in the southern county of Sibenik-Knin county where several buildings and roads have been damaged. Coastal areas suffered some of the worst of the heavy rain.

Bosnia

Bosnia has seen some of the heaviest rainfall over the last 2 days. ECHO reported that 120 mm of rain fell in Mostar in 24 hours between 14 and 15 October.

Between 14 and 15 October, Livno saw 83.5 mm and Sanski Most 63.2 mm in 24 hours. Elsewhere, in the last 24 hours Ivan Sedlo saw 73.2 mm.

ECHO report that flooding has affected parts of Knezica in Kozarska Dubica municipality after rivers overflowed.

BIRN report that the river Una in north-western Bosnia rose nearly two metres in 24 hours between Wednesday and Thursday. Overflows from the Una and other rivers flooded dozens of houses and buildings in Prijedor, Novi Grad, Kozarska Dubica, Gradiska and Kostajnica.

Serbia and Romania

No flooding has been reported as yet in Serbia, although authorities there are preparing for increased levels of the Danube, Sava and Drina rivers.

Romanian authorities have also reported increased levels of rivers in the country, in particular the Lotru and the Sebes. Romania saw severe flooding earlier this week. Over 20 people had to be rescued from stranded vehicles after flash floods in Corbu on the Black Sea coast on Monday 12 October 2015.