May 16, 2014 - 17:23 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - State of emergency has been declared in parts of Bosnia and Serbia after the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began 120 years ago, BBC News reports.
Overflowing rivers have burst into towns and villages, cutting off whole communities, while landslides have buried houses. At least three people have drowned.
Army helicopters have been sent to evacuate thousands of stranded residents but reports say bad weather is hampering the rescue efforts.
Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said it was the "greatest flooding disaster ever". He said his government had appealed for help from the European Union, Russia and neighboring countries.
Rescuers in Serbia say they have so far managed to evacuate around 4,000 people.
In Bosnia, army helicopters have been trying to rescue residents, some of whom have been sitting on their roofs waiting for help.
But reports say strong wind and rain may be hampering the efforts.
"We had to abort the mission because of the rainfall and winds. The weather is horrible and the helicopter has its limits," said rescue pilot Fahrudin Memic. "This is the most difficult mission I have ever participated in."
Thousands of homes are without electricity.