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Mighty Danube rises, fed by Balkans flooding, but likely to stay inside flood defenses

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    A man carrying a shovel pushes a bicycle after devastating floods in the town of Maglaj 140 kilometers North of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina on Monday May 19, 2014. At least 35 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said. (AP Photo/Sulejman Omerbasic) (The Associated Press)

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    A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century. At least 35 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    A flooded area is seen in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century. At least 35 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said. (AP Photo) (The Associated Press)

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    People ride on tractor in a flooded street in Obrenovac, some 30 kilometers (18 miles) southwest of Belgrade, Serbia, Monday, May 19, 2014. Belgrade braced for a river surge Monday that threatened to inundate Serbia's main power plant and cause major power cuts in the crisis-stricken country as the Balkans struggle with the consequences of the worst flooding in southeastern Europe in more than a century. At least 35 people have died in Serbia and Bosnia in the five days of flooding caused by unprecedented torrential rain, laying waste to entire towns and villages and sending tens of thousands of people out of their homes, authorities said. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic) (The Associated Press)

Fed by the highest rainfall ever recorded in the Balkans, water levels in the mighty Danube are rising, but authorities believe Europe's second-largest river will spare the already devastated region.

Serbia's Hydro Institute said Tuesday the Danube's levels will surge in coming days but should remain within the limits of flood defenses. Authorities in towns and villages along the Danube say they are watching the situation closely.

Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia have been hit by the worst flooding in more than 100 years, forcing half a million people out of their homes and leading to more than three dozen deaths.

In Serbia, the floods have been threatening the country's biggest power plants, while in Bosnia there is danger from the shifting of mine fields left over from the war.