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3 Dead in Serbia as Deadly Storm Hits Serbia

Sat 22 Jul 2023 | 10:48 PM
Israa Farhan

 Three people died in Serbia during another deadly storm that swept the Balkans this week, local media said on Saturday.

On Friday, the storm first swept through Slovenia, then moved to Croatia, and then Serbia and Bosnia, with strong winds and rain. Authorities reported problems with power distribution and extensive damage—including fallen trees—that destroyed cars and rooftops.

Another storm on Wednesday killed six people in the region, four in Croatia, one in Slovenia, and one in Bosnia.

Meteorologists said the storms were of such intensity because they followed a series of sweltering days. Experts say the extreme weather conditions are likely being driven by climate change.

In the northern Serbian city of Novi Sad, a 12-year-old boy was found dead in the street during the storm, but it remains unclear whether he was struck by lightning or electrocuted, according to state television RTS.

Local media says the city of Novi Sad was hit the hardest, as the storm damaged the roof of the city's exhibition hall. About 30 people have requested medical assistance and many streets remain closed on Saturday morning.

RTS noted that a woman died in the village of Kovacica in northeastern Serbia from smoke inhalation after a fire broke out when lightning struck a tree near her house.

Serbian police said on Saturday that a man died in the northwestern town of Baca Palanka after he tried to remove power cables that fell on the gate of his house.