Up to 200 head of cattle have been stranded on small islands in the Danube River at Crucidin, a few miles outside Belgrade in Serbia, for several days.
The animals usually manage to return to the mainland, but because of the high water levels in the river, they cannot graze or escape, says Miljko Plavsic. BBC.
According to the farmer, many of his animals died.
The Danube River extends for 2,900 kilometers through 10 European countries, from Germany through Serbia to the Black Sea. The reason for the increase in the amount of water is the moderate temperatures and the melting of snow before the beginning of the year.
The weather has turned this week. The farmers have now asked the authorities for help in getting the animals to safety.
With freezing temperatures and food shortages, there is now a battle against time.
On Tuesday, about 60 cows were rescued with the help of a special raft. The previous day, food was delivered to the stranded animals by a special team of Serbian police, according to the Serbian Interior Ministry.
But further rescue attempts have been delayed due to a number of problems, the state-owned Serbian News Agency reported Tangog.
The first raft had to be replaced due to the loss of the handrail. Then the replacement boat broke down.
According to the newspaper, a new boat was rented to resume the rescue operation on Wednesday.
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