Following the freezing temperatures and heavy snowing in the last few weeks, which were popularly dubbed as the’ Serbian ice age’, the melting ice flowing the Danube River has damaged hundreds of small boats in the area around the Serbian capital.
The authorities said they are monitoring the situation and urged the owners of boats, rafts, and floating homes not to try to recover their boats from the water as it would bring their own lives at risk.
Belgrade’s floating night clubs and restaurants, famous as the top city’s clubs are also in danger – one boat-restaurant has already sank, while another one floated down the river.
Reportedly, the 2,860 km long Danube River has been almost entirely frozen from Austria to the Black Sea. The ice chunks on one of the Europe’s busiest waterways started moving Sunday afternoon as the temperature rose.
However, the rise of the temperature obviously didn’t help the situation in wider Serbia, where there are still 3,300 people snowbound and can only be reached by helicopter, the authorities said.
Due to extreme weather conditions Serbia has declared the state of emergency on February 5 and since then at least 20 people have died from cold.
So far, the cost of the cold snap has been estimated at up to 500 million euros.