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Record Balkan floods claim at least 20 lives, Serbia, Bosnia brace for new wave of floods

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    A member of the Bosnian army carries a boy rescued from his home, during floods, in the Bosnian town of Maglaj, 150 kms north of Sarajevo, Friday May 16, 2014. Two people drowned in Serbia and the country declared a national emergency Thursday as rain-swollen rivers across the Balkans flooded roads and bridges, shut down schools and cut off power. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated. In Serbia and neighboring Bosnia, meteorologists said the rainfall was the most since measuring started 120 years ago. Belgrade authorities say the average rainfall of a two-month period hit the city in just 40 hours. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (The Associated Press)

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    Members of the Bosnian Army rescue people from their flooded homes, in the Bosnian town of Maglaj, 150 kms north of Sarajevo, Friday May 16, 2014. Two people drowned in Serbia and the country declared a national emergency Thursday as rain-swollen rivers across the Balkans flooded roads and bridges, shut down schools and cut off power. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated. In Serbia and neighboring Bosnia, meteorologists said the rainfall was the most since measuring started 120 years ago. Belgrade authorities say the average rainfall of a two-month period hit the city in just 40 hours. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (The Associated Press)

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    Members of the Bosnian army rescue a woman stranded in her home due to flooding, in the Bosnian town of Maglaj, 150 kms north of Sarajevo, Friday May 16, 2014. Two people drowned in Serbia and the country declared a national emergency Thursday as rain-swollen rivers across the Balkans flooded roads and bridges, shut down schools and cut off power. Hundreds of people had to be evacuated. In Serbia and neighboring Bosnia, meteorologists said the rainfall was the most since measuring started 120 years ago. Belgrade authorities say the average rainfall of a two-month period hit the city in just 40 hours. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) (The Associated Press)

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    Cars are parked on a flooded street in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, May 16, 2014. Rain-swollen rivers across the Balkans have flooded roads, cut off power and caused more than 200 landslides. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) (The Associated Press)

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    A man stands in front of his house hit by severe floods in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Friday, May 16, 2014. Rain-swollen rivers across the Balkans have flooded roads, cut off power and caused more than 200 landslides. (AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic) (The Associated Press)

Authorities in Serbia and Bosnia say at least 20 people have died in the two nations from the record flooding that has hit the Balkans this week.

In the eastern Bosnian town of Bijeljina, some 10,000 people were being evacuated Saturday after the rain-swollen Sava River surged through flood defenses.

In Serbia, emergency crews and soldiers used boats and helicopters to rescue thousands more who had been trapped in the town of Obrenovac, near Belgrade. The overflowing waters there are now threatening Serbia's biggest power plant.

Meteorologists say the flooding is the worst since records began. Officials say they expect more casualties after the waters begin receding in the next few days.