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Bosnia and Serbia floods: What you need to know

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WAR-LIKE DESTRUCTION

More than 1/4 of the 4 million people in Bosnia have been affected by devastating floods in the Balkans, drawing comparisons to the destruction of the 1992-95 war.

“The physical destruction is not less than the destruction caused by the war,” Bosnian Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said at a news conference. "During the war, many people lost everything. Today, again they have nothing."

SLIDESHOW: 15 photos of flood destruction in Bosnia

More than 100,000 homes and other buildings in Bosnia have been destroyed by flooding. In neighboring Serbia, at least 25,000 people have been evacuated, and rushing floodwaters toppled homes and killed livestock.

The regional death toll reached more than 40 by Monday morning.

LAND MINE RISK

Before the floods, nearly 120,000 land mines remained in Bosnia of the 1 million planted during the country’s war.

Floodwaters and landslides have uprooted land mines and minefield warning signs, leaving them in places previously considered safe.

"Mines have surfaced now in areas where they have never been," said land mine removal official Sasa Obradovic.

The unearthing of Bosnia’s mines could create news problems downstream, as river tributaries could carry mines to Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria and Romania.

SAVING THE POWER PLANT

Soldiers and workers at the Nikola Tesla complex worked through the night to build sandbag levees to save the power plant, which provides roughly half of Serbia's power.

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