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Record floods in the Balkans trap thousands on roofs waiting for evacuation

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    Bosnian Army paddle to rescue a person from a house near Zepce, 120 kms north of Sarajevo, Thursday May 15, 2014. Heavy rainfall caused the river Bosna to flood surrounding areas causing power cuts and road blockades in some suburban and rural areas. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (The Associated Press)

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    Bosnian man stands near a landslide which blocked a main road in Bosnia in the village of Nemila, 70 kms north of Sarajevo, Thursday May 15, 2014. Heavy rainfall caused the river Bosna to flood surrounding areas causing power cuts and road blockades in some suburban and rural areas. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (The Associated Press)

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    A man evacuates his daughter from their home hit by flood waters as police officers help out in a suburb of Belgrade, Serbia, Thursday, May 15, 2014. Some hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes as floods caused by heavy rains gripped the Balkans Thursday, overflowing roads, bridges and railways, closing down schools, and cutting off power supplies and phone lines. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) (The Associated Press)

Rescuers are waiting for improved weather to resume the helicopter evacuations of thousands of people trapped on their roofs in flooded areas of the Balkans. Water in some towns has reached to the second floor.

Officials in Bosnia and Serbia have described the floods as the worst in history. Additionally, reports in Bosnia said more than 200 landslides have buried houses and injured people but caused no casualties.

EU Forces in Bosnia said neither they nor the Bosnian Army are able to reach some towns except by air, but poor visibility grounded helicopters on Friday.

In Serbia authorities said they have so far managed to evacuate 4,000 people while rescuers in Bosnia said they have been digging through debris for 48 hours and still have not reached cut-off towns.