Emergency measures have been introduced and workers will be on duty around the clock at all hydropower plants (HPPs) in the Electric Power Industry of Serbia (EPS) system as heavy rain is increasing inflows to the Drina and Danube rivers, where the situation is changing by the hour.

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Djerdap HPP – Photo: Denis Barthel / Wikipedia

Two spillways were opened up at the Serbian part of the Djerdap 1 HPP complex on the Danube this afternoon, and another one was opened up across the border in Romania, and the current outflow there is 1,620 cubic meters of water per second, the EPS said in a release.

The same quantities of water will begin to overflow at the Djerdap 2 HPP during the day, the release said.

The overflows will both cause an abrupt increase of water level in Serbia towards the Bulgarian border and prevent flooding upstream from Djerdap 1.

Record-high water levels caused the inflow at the Zvornik HPP, part the Drina-Lim Hydroelectric Power Plants HPP network, to reach as many as 1,500 cubic meters per second.

Waters from the Drina are also spilling over at the Bajina Basta HPP, and all units of the plant are operating at maximum capacity.

High water levels caused all plants of the Elektromorava HPP complex to halt operation and waters are spilling over at the Lim HPPs as well, the EPS said.

The Serbian government declared a state of emergency in the entire country on Thursday due to flash floods caused by heavy rain.

The decision was made at the request by the Republic Emergency Situations Headquarters.