Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Melting ice causes chaos on the Danube, as experts warn heavy flooding could bring more misery to a country devastated by the cold-snap in Serbia

Giant chunks of melting ice are breaking free on the River Danube in Serbia, damaging hundreds of boats, sweeping away barges and sinking one of Belgrade's trademark floating nightclubs.

The thick ice had closed large parts of Europe's busy waterway as the region faced a record-breaking cold snap, but it has been shifting since Sunday afternoon because of rising temperatures. There were no reports of injuries.

Officials around the region were trying to determine whether melting snow and ice would cause heavy flooding, creating more misery in an area that is dealing with a death toll that has risen to more than 600 and trapped thousands in remote mountain villages behind massive snow banks. Read More