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Ongoing EU assistance for flood victims in Serbia and in Bosnia & Herzegovina

LAST UPDATE: 26/05/2014 - Upon the requests of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, suffering the worst floods in over a century, the European Union is providing coordinated assistance through its Civil Protection Mechanism. The vast majority of EU Member States have already offered assistance and new offers keep coming in.

Most of the civil protection assistance has already arrived to the countries affected. Nearly 500 relief workers from the Member States have been deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. In addition, two EU Civil Protection teams and a humanitarian expert are assessing needs supporting national authorities on the ground.

So far, Serbia has been offered rescue boats, high capacity pumps and operational teams from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and Slovenia.

Bosnia & Herzegovina's requested assistance in rescue and evacuation helicopters, motor boats, generators, sandbags, tents, blankets and humanitarian aid kits. Responding to the request, offers have been made by: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK.

Furthermore, EU Civil protection teams are present in countries, assessing the needs, coordinating the incoming assistance and supporting local authorities in Serbia and in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The European Commission also co-finances of the transportation cost to deliver aid to the affected countries. The team deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism have directly rescued over 1500 people in BiH alone.

Background

Due to continuous rainfall that started on 13 May 2014, extreme floods have hit Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina, affecting and displacing thousands of people. Over 60 people have been reported to die in the worst floods in the region in more than a century.

In Serbia, more than 34 000 people have been evacuated so far from the affected areas and over 30 000 households are without electricity. In Bosnia & Herzegovina the situation remains still complex due to numerous landslides, causing houses collapsing and road damages. Rescue teams are evacuating the population at risk. Many cities still have neither electricity nor running water and there is a shortage of bottled water, food, medication and blankets.

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Publication date
15/05/2014