The Serbian authorities declared an emergency situation due to the flood threat, which might be caused by heavy rains.

Some 120 people were evacuated in south-western Serbia after the local rivers burst their banks, flooding the nearby farms and hundreds of houses, Radio Freedom reports. According to the authorities, declaring an emergency situation is a preemptive measure aimed at helping state bodies do their work faster and easier, as well as protecting human lives and property.

Serbia’s Interior Minister Nebojsa Stefanovic said that the Serbian Armed Forces and police would be deployed to reinforce dams with sandbags and evacuate people if necessary.