The Daunbe and its tributaries are threatening to engulf the north-eastern Yugoslav province of Vojvodina in disastrous floods.
1 GV PAN Flooded rural area near Bela Crkva.
GV Road with floodwater in background
GV Floodwater PAN TO road
GV Water in full spate
GV PAN More floodwater in this area
GV Floodwater at Smederevo
SV Men in boats
SV TILT UP Vast expanse of water TILT TO buildings in background
GV Medieval fortress surrounded by floodwater
SV Nearer of above
GV Rail wagons in floodwater
GV Floodwater lapping buildings in background
Initials EH/JF/BJ EH/JF/MH
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Background: The Daunbe and its tributaries are threatening to engulf the north-eastern Yugoslav province of Vojvodina in disastrous floods.
When this film was taken three days ago (2 June) large stretches of agricultural land were under water near the frontier town of Bela Crkva, and the danube floods were swirling round the ancient fortress at Smederevo.
The danger at Bela Crkva was caused by the river Caras, a Danube tributary which comes from Rumania. This region is the cornbelt of Yugoslavia; more than 10,000 hectares (about 25,000 acres) were under water by the beginning of this week. Some villages were being evacuated. Reports from the flood disaster regions of Rumania, just across the border, spread further alarm, as they spoke of a continued rise in the level of the rivers Caras and Nera, both of which join the Danube near Bela Crkva.
At Smederevo, the Danube burst its banks, flooding the railway station and ground floor flats in the low-lying parts of the town, as well as its famous medieval fortress Smederevo's waterworks and sewage system are out of commission. 2,100 hectares (5,200 acres) of the surrounding countryside are flooded.
These scenes are part of a general picture of distress. Flood danger also comes from the nearby river Tisza. Army and civilian authorities have undertaken strenuous measures, involving large contingents of men, to build defences against the floods which are expected to rise still further.