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Bosnia and Herzegovina

Civil Protection experts coordinate in responding to the devastating floods. Photo credit: EU/ECHO/EEAS/EU Delegation

What are the needs?

Due to continuous rainfall that started on 13 May 2014, extreme floods hit Bosnia & Herzegovina, 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.

The situation was complex due to numerous landslides, causing houses collapsing and road damages. Rescue teams were evacuating the population at risk. Many cities were left with neither electricity nor running water and with shortage of bottled water, food, medication and blankets.

How are we helping?

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism was activated, resulting in offers coming from no less than 17 Member States Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden and the UK responded to the request of Bosnia & Herzegovina for rescue and evacuation helicopters, motor boats, generators, sandbags, tents, blankets and humanitarian aid kits. Most of the assistance arrived to Bosnia & Herzegovina during the weekend of 17 and 18 May, and the rest over the following days.

The European Commission co-financed the assistance transportation costs. In addition, satellite imagery of the affected areas were produced by the EC.

International assistance map

Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Satellite pictures: before vs. after

Before After

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