Bosnia floods uncover human remains 'of war dead'

Last week's record flooding in Bosnia has uncovered human remains which are believed to belong to people who disappeared during the country's 1992-95 war.

Bosnia's Institute for Missing Persons said teams fixing power lines discovered the remains in Usora, near the northern town of Doboj, after the flood had washed away part of the river bank.

man navigates a boat along a street during heavy floods in Bosnia last week. Credit: Reuters

Spokeswoman Lejla Cengic said the institute is hoping the remains belong to some of the 30,000 people who went missing during the Yugoslav wars.

One third of them have been found in mass graves, mostly in Bosnia, but authorities continue to search for the thousands who are still believed to be hidden.