Belgrade - Tons of animal cadavers continue to decompose in the Sava River in Croatia nearly two weeks after massive flooding, leading to complaints and concerns from residents, Zagreb daily Vecernji List said on Thursday.
"So far we removed 225 tons of animal cadavers. The smaller remainder I believe we will remove soon," the head of the state emergency service Jadranko Perinic told the newspaper.
According to estimates, some 65 tons of cadavers still pollute the hardest-hit villages, which were flooded by the Sava two weeks ago.
Villagers have been complaining that the removal was too slow and that no incineration facilities were set up, Vecernji reported.
"It can always be done better. But let's not forget that Croatia has never had a situation of this magnitude," Perinic said.
Apart from the dead animals [and] polluted water, mud and insects also pose a health hazard in areas that were flooded.
More than 120 000 cubic metres of garbage and debris also had to be cleared.
The authorities have set up decontamination points in affected areas in an effort to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases.
In late May, record rainfall in central Balkans led to flooding that killed dozens of people in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.