When Paradise Becomes Hell

In the central Bosnia village of Topcic-Polje, where a fast flowing mountain stream, the Orahovacko, flows into the Bosna, half of the villages 200 homes were buried in a massive landslide – some up to their roofs.  The landslides smashed through windows, patio doors, even solid wooden tours , filling the stuctures with earth and carrying everything in their path down the mountain side.  Miraculously, there were no fatalities. Heavy rainfall is causing rivers to burst their banks, flooding houses, roads and landslides. Authorities declared a state of emergency, severe flooding in Bosnia has forced schools to close and hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and left thousands more without power. 
A man walks down the path after floods and landslides in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica, 120 kms north of Sarajevo. Severe flooding in Bosnia has forced schools to close and hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and left thousands more without power.

A man walks down the path after floods and landslides in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica, 120 kms north of Sarajevo. Severe flooding in Bosnia has forced schools to close and hundreds of people to evacuate their homes and left thousands more without power.

Car buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Car buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

A man is standing on a flood-damaged basketball court in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

A man is standing on a flood-damaged basketball court in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

Car buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Car buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

People pass by the house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

People pass by the house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Socks in front of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Socks in front of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

A man stands in front of his house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

A man stands in front of his house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Window of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Window of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Furniture in the living room of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Furniture in the living room of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

A view of a landslide and floodwaters around houses in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

A view of a landslide and floodwaters around houses in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

Abandoned turkeys in front of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Abandoned turkeys in front of a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Reflection in a puddle of a man standing next to a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

Reflection in a puddle of a man standing next to a house wich is buried in mud and rubble after a landslide at the village of Topcic Polje , near Zenica.

A man passes through the floodwaters area in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

A man passes through the floodwaters area in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

Two man stands near a landslide and floodwaters around houses in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.

Two man stands near a landslide and floodwaters around houses in the village of Topcic Polje near Zenica.