Due to continuous rainfall that started on 13 May 2014, extreme floods have hit Serbia, affecting and displacing thousands of people. Over 60 people were reported to die in the worst floods in the region in more than a century. More than 31 000 people were evacuated from the affected areas and over 30 000 households were left without electricity.
On Friday, 15 May, in the evening, the EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated, resulting in offers to assist from no less than 12 Member States. Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Poland, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia offered rescue boats, high capacity pumps and operational teams to Serbia. Most of the assistance arrived to Bosnia & Herzegovina during the weekend of 17 and 18 May, the rest and the following days.
An EU Civil Protection Team was sent to Serbia to assist the national authorities in their response to the wide scale flooding and to support the coordination of the incoming EU assistance. Furthermore, an EU humanitarian expert was deployed to Serbia to support the assessment of humanitarian needs on the ground.
The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) was in constant contact with both affected countries and with the participating states in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, matching the incoming offers for assistance with needs on the ground. The European Commission co-finances the assistance transportation costs. In addition, satellite imagery of the affected areas is being produced by the Commission.
International assistance map
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Satellite pictures: before vs. after
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