Local authorities declared a state of natural disaster in the northeastern region of Tuzla on Tuesday, June 23, following several days of torrential rain and flooding. Hundreds of buildings were reportedly damaged by flooding in towns and cities throughout the region, prompting the evacuation of residents in some areas, while large areas of agricultural land were inundated. The main road connecting Tuzla with the capital Sarajevo was also reported to have been blocked by flooding and landslides, and several smaller bridges were damaged or destroyed by fast-running swollen rivers.
Emergency crews have been deployed across flood-affected areas for response and recovery operations and rainfall is expected to subside on Wednesday, June 24. However, residual disruptions are likely across the northeast of the country in the near term.
Those in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, anticipate transportation disruptions, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters.
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