BELGRADE- The Serbian government declared on Thursday a nationwide state of emergency due to severe flooding, on the proposal of the national emergency situations headquarters.

The decision was made as a preventive measure to facilitate and speed up the activities of all national bodies, in their effort to save lives, ensure the security of citizens and their property and repair the flood damage.

The Serbian government will hold daily meetings of the national emergency situations headquarters, closely watch the situation on the ground and inform citizens about the latest developments, the government’s press office said in a release.

The Serbian government urges all citizens to comply with its decisions and do everything in their power to prevent major damage during the critical period of torrential rains expected to last until Tuesday.