After massive floods in several Balkan countries in May 2014, a natural disaster the size of which the region hasn't seen in over a century, Serbia was hit with new floods during the last days of July.
Authorities have thus far recorded damage amounting to over 1 billion euros (1.4 billion US dollars) in Serbia alone and many homes and lives have been lost. On July 30, 2014, around 10 p.m., heavy rainfall began over the majority of the country and didn't die down until some 12 hours later. The Kostolac power plant that provides electricity for a large part of Serbia, including the capital city, was barely salvaged in the May floods with the help of citizens and special forces. Once again, it was endangered by floodwater.
The damage this time around has not been recorded officially yet, but some towns that fared rather well during the massive floods in May have not been as lucky. The town of Vršac alone saw some 200 liters of floodwater per square meter in its streets and homes over just a few days. Social media users collected and shared images of the flooding and damage in Vršac:
The central Serbian town of Topola also saw plenty of flooding and damage, and a new state of emergency for the municipality was declared on July 31, 2014, while other cities and towns such as Trstenik, Požarevac, Kraljevo and Vrnjačka Banja were also hard hit by flooding and fires caused by the thunderstorms and lightning that accompanied the rainfall.