Heavy snowfall combined with strong winds hit the western part of the Balkan Peninsula on Tuesday. In central Serbia, a bus veered off a snow-covered road, 18 people were slightly injured, state TV RTS reported. In the capital of the country – Belgrade – a tree branch fell on two girls, they also suffered injuries.
Winter weather has returned to the Balkan Peninsula. Meteorologist Nedeljko Todorovic said that while snowfall in Belgrade is not unusual in April, it rarely occurs. On Tuesday, 14.4 centimeters of white powder fell in the Serbian capital.
– If we look at the data from the last hundred years, this year’s snow cover is the eleventh snow cover recorded in Belgrade in April, the thickest recorded so far – he pointed out.
Heavy snowfall caused a bus to run off the road in central Serbia, injuring 18 people. In the Serbian capital Belgrade, a branch broke under the weight of snow and fell on two girls. They were injured, according to health officials.
Roads blocked, ferries canceled
Many mountain roads in Serbia were blocked by 40 centimeters of snow in places. Several villages have been left without power, the Serbian Department of Emergency Situations said. He also warned of possible flooding as a result of the thaw.
In Kosovo’s capital Pristina, authorities warned people not to visit city parks because of the danger of falling branches, local media reported. Heavy snowfall was also recorded in Bosnia.
Strong winds caused the suspension of ferries running along the Adriatic coast in Croatia and Montenegro. In addition, authorities in Croatia have suspended traffic on several coastal roads.
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