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Rescuers led some residents to safety and delivered aid to other residents who stayed in upper floors of their homes. The hospital in Orasje issued an appeal for staff and medicines.

The European Commission said nearly 400 relief workers have been deployed in Serbia and Bosnia.

The flooding was still threatening Serbia’s biggest power plant in the town of Obrenovac on the River Sava, a tributary to Europe’s second-biggest river, the Danube. Serbian authorities responding to rising Danube water levels ordered the evacuation of two more villages Tuesday.

In Bosnia, army helicopters dropped iron bars onto collapsed river barriers for a second day and planned later to drop sandbags on top of them in hopes of patching the flood defenses.

Bosnia’s presidency said it will organize an international fund-raising conference and asked banks to renegotiate the mortgages of homes destroyed in the flooding.


Associated Press reporters Aida Cerkez in Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Jovana Gec in Belgrade, Serbia, contributed to this report.