Animal carcases could spread diseases in the Balkans, says FAO

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View of the flooded city of Obrenovac (Serbia), near Belgrade, that was completely evacuated on the second day of crisis. (19 May 2014). Photo credit: UNCT Serbia

The UN says animals killed by flooding in the Balkans could spread diseases.

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) says contaminated water is also a risk of damaging crops.

Devastating floods in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia have reportedly so far claimed more than 50 lives and affected hundreds of thousands of people.

Gerold Boedeker is a field programme officer for FAO based in the region.

” Floods may have brought contaminated water onto the fields so people who are dependent on selling farm produce either in the form of vegetables, or meat, or maize to the market, may not be able to have the income later this year from those crops and vegetables.”

The floods have also destroyed large tracts of agricultural land.

FAO reported that in Serbia the government has already destroyed close to 200 metric tonnes of carcases of animals to try and limit the spread of diseases.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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