At least twenty-four people are feared drowned and thousand made homeless by flooding after torrential rain i Yugoslavia and Northern Greece.
AERIAL VIEW Flying over flooded area showing houses partly submerged in flood water in Montenegro, Yugoslavia
GV swollen river
SV ZOOM OUT FORM Flood water under bridge PAN TO Damaged houses on bank (4 shots)
GV PAN Over houses partly submerged in water (2 shots)
GV People in rubber dinghy and PAN OVER flooded farm yards
GV PAN OVER fast flowing river
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Background: At least twenty-four people are feared drowned and thousand made homeless by flooding after torrential rain i Yugoslavia and Northern Greece. Police report that more than five thousand villagers have lost their Homes which were swept away by flood waters of the Axios River, surging down through Southern Yugoslavia.
SYNOPSIS: Many villages along the axios River have been evacuated as food waters continue to rise. The floods in southern, eastern and central Yugoslavia have already killed nine people and caused widespread damage to houses, crops, bridges, roads and electricity and water supplies. Rail services between Yugoslavia and Greece were disrupted for the second day after border bridges were washed away.
The floods and heavy rains have continued in Yugoslavia and Northern greece for a week. Hundreds of people evacuated from factories and schools on Saturday (17 November) are still waiting for some news that the heavy rain will let up. Many families in the Yugoslavian southern republic of Montenegro were still living in tents because their homes were destroyed by an earthquake last April. Their temporary homes and the wreckage of their earthquake-damaged homes have been washed away. The government held an emergency session to discuss their situation.
The floods have been called the worst in a century with all economic activity in Yugoslavia virtually paralysed. Police say only after the floods recede will a full account of damage and casualties be possible.
Boats and dinghies have been used to rescue farmers and their families in the rural areas, but hundreds of cattle and other livestock have drowned. Though conditions in central Yugoslavia were improving on Wednesday (21 November) southern regions and Northern Greece were still experiencing the full brunt of the floods.