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Floods unearth land mines in Bosnia - and wash away warning signs

The mines are from Bosnia’s 1992 – 1995 war.

SOME HAVE CALLED it ‘Armageddon’ – the intense floods that have struck the Balkans over the past week.

Serbia Balkans Floods A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometres southwest of Belgrade, Serbia Source: AP/Press Association Images

Authorities say that the damage has seen Bosnia witnessing “the biggest exodus” since the 1992-1995 war, while so far 47 people have been killed.

As fears grow that dead bodies and animal carcasses could lead to disease outbreaks, officials also warn that 120,000 unexploded mines could be dislodged.

Bosnia Balkans Floods Source: AP/Press Association Images

Bosnian soldiers have been repairing mine warning signs in fields near the banks of the river Bosnia, which flooded near the town of Visoko. This area is 30 km north of Sarajevo.

Bosnia Balkans Floods Source: AP/Press Association Images

The flooding has unearthed landmines left over from the 1990s war, as well as washing away the signs that marked them.

Bosnia Balkans Floods Source: AP/Press Association Images

More than 100,000 people have been evacuated in Bosnia alone, with dozens of towns and villages cut off, and over 2,000 landslides already reported.

Water levels are expected to continue rising in the coming days.

Read: “This is Armageddon”: Thousands flee Balkans floods in Bosnia’s worst exodus since war>

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