A girl sits on a matress as she uses her mobile phone in a collective centre for people evacuated from the flooded town of Obrenovac on May 17, 2014 in Belgrade. AFP PHOTO / ALEXA STANKOVIC
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Russian cargo planes and rescue teams from around Europe on Sunday joined huge volunteer aid efforts in swathes of Serbia and Bosnia where at least 24 people have died in the worst floods in over a century.Thousands of soldiers and volunteers worked through the night to build a sandbag barrier five kilometres (3 miles) long to protect Serbia's Kostolac coal-fired power plant, which currently covers 20 percent of Serbia's electricity needs.In Bosnia, 19 people were confirmed dead by Saturday, with nine bodies recovered from the northeastern town of Doboj after what the regional police chief described as a "tsunami" of water 3-4 metres (10-13 feet) high.On Sunday, two Russian Ilyushin-26 cargo planes landed in Serbia carrying food, generators and rescue boats.Some 20,000 people have been evacuated in Serbia and at least 13,000 more in Bosnia.
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