At least two people were reported dead and two are missing since the natural calamity hit Serbia on Tuesday, prompting national authorities to declare a state of emergency.
Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, leading relief operations, urged all those unwilling to leave their homes “not to resist evacuation”.
“Do not prompt us into using force to save your lives,” Vucic said on the air at Serbia’s RTS broadcasting service. “Most important now is to save lives and then we should think about property.”
Reuters news agency has reported, citing Serbian Energy Minister Aleksandar Antic, that the floods left around 100,000 households, mostly in central Serbia, without power supply.
Russia's Emergencies Ministry sent two Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft to Serbia to help with the relief operation. Besides rescuers, the planes delivered power generators, motorboats, food and rescue equipment.
Meteorologists have predicted that heavy rain, also affecting neighbouring Bosnia and Croatia, would continue until the weekend.