23/05/2014 11:24 BST | Updated 23/05/2014 11:59 BST

Eurovision Winner Conchita Wurst Is To Blame For Balkan Floods Says Serbian Church Leader

Eurovision victor and bearded Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst is being blamed for severe flooding in the Balkans.

Patriarch Irinej of the Serbian Orthodox Church and another senior churchman used the floods to attack Wurst and the country’s LGBT community, claiming they “were a punishment from God for their vices,” The Economist writes.

Pink News also quotes Patriarch Irinej as stating: “God is thus washing Serbia of its sins.”

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Eurovision Song Contest winner Conchita Wurst has been blamed for the flooding in the Balkans

Meanwhile, Littoral Head Amfilohije of Montenegro reportedly said that the floods were “not a coincidence but a warning,” explaining that the extreme weather was a sign that people must reject the “Jesus-like-figure” of Wurst.

As the Independent points out, it is unclear whether he was referring to Wurst’s bearded visage or whether he was suggesting she is an idolatry figure.

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“God sent the rains as a reminder that people should not join the wild side,” he reportedly added.

Earlier this month Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia were hit by the worst flooding in more than 100 years. The waters triggered more than 3,000 landslides, laying waste to entire towns and villages and killing dozens.

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A graveyard lies under floodwaters in the northern Bosnian town of Bosanski Samac

Wurst won the 59th Eurovision Song Contest on 10 May with her song Rise Like A Phoenix.

The Russian Orthodox Church also decried the 25-year-old’s victory as symptomatic of a global moral decline, adding that the performance was part of an agenda to “reinforce new cultural norms” and “yet one more step in the rejection of the Christian identity of European culture”.

Speaking to the Interfax News Agency, Vladimir Legoyda, chairman of the Russian Orthodox Church’s information department, said: “The process of the legalisation of that to which the Bible refers to as nothing less than an abomination is already long not news in the contemporary world.

"Unfortunately, the legal and cultural spheres are moving in a parallel direction, to which the results of this competition bear witness.”

Her victory also stirred a backlash on social networks, with many Russians taking to social media to remove their beards in protest at the win.

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