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Balkans flooding threatens Serbia power plants, 37 dead

It's a race against time to protect Serbia's power plants. Hundreds of soldiers, police and villagers east of the capital scramble to raise sandbags around the perimeter of the Kostolac power plant. Flood waters have come dangerously close....and time is of the essence as flood waters are expected to rise. (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) MAYOR OF KOSTOLAC, IVAN SAVIC, SAYING: "Well, the situation is very serious. For the time being this river has flooded up to two kilometres from here. But the water could get here very quickly, so we have hired lot of machinery and a lot of people." In Belgrade, the waters are receding but the damage is already done... (SOUNDBITE) (Serbian) , RETIRED WOMAN FROM OBRENOVAC, BILJANA RADOVANOVIC, SAYING: "Everything is flooded, under the water. The situation is terrible, all of our homes are flooded this is why we came here. We hope, I am an optimist; we have to go forward, what else can I tell you. We only have one life."

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