Vlasina (Serbian Cyrillic: Власина), is a river in
southeastern Serbia, a 68 km-long outflow of the
Vlasina Lake and
a right tributary to the Južna Morava, which also gives its name to
Vlasina flows out from the
Vlasina Lake at an altitude of 1,213 m.
Lake used to be a large, muddy peat bog, but in 1947-51 the Vlasina
was dammed by the long, earth dam and the bog was turned into an
artificial lake. The river flows to the north, between the mountains
Čemernik on the west, and Gramada on the east. It flows through
Crna Trava, regional and municipal center, and the villages of Brod,
Krstićevo and Jabukovik, where it reaches the Lužnica mountain and
receives the Gradska reka from the right.
The river bends to the west, along the southern slopes of Lužnica,
and receives from the right the Tegošnica (at Donje Gare village) and
the Lužnica (at Svođe). As the
Vlasina continues on the southernmost
slopes of the
Suva Planina and
Babička Gora mountains, it reaches the
Vlasotince and western parts of the low
Leskovac field, part
of the composite valley of the Južna Morava. After the villages of
Batulovce and Stajkovce, the
Vlasina empties into the Južna Morava,
east of the Leskovac's eastern suburb of Mrštane.
Vlasina drains an area of 1,050 km², belongs to the Black
Sea drainage basin and it is not navigable.
On 26 June 1988, after a period of heavy rains,
Vlasina was a site of
catastrophic torrent floods. The area affected by the catastrophe
covered more than 1000 km², and caused a damage of around US$1
billion, despite the river flow being supposedly regulated. Subsequent
analysis showed a number of flaws in the design of the protected
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