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Thousands flee as more deadly flooding threatens the Balkans

AP Photo/Marko Drobnjakovic

At least 20 people are dead and tens of thousands more are evacuating their homes in Serbia and Bosnia, following record floods in the Balkans this week.

Meteorologists told The Associated Press that rainfall of this magnitude occurs in the region just once every century, and the flooding is the worst in the 120 years that scientists have been keeping records. Officials believe they may find more bodies as floodwaters recede; in some Bosnian towns, floodwaters reached the second floors of homes. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksander Vucic warned his citizens that a new flood wave pushing along the Sava River could hit regions of the country on Sunday.

Below, images of a region reeling — and trying to shore up its defenses before the next storm. --Sarah Eberspacher