Sunday, May 18, 2014

Serbia evacuates 16,300 people from flood-stricken regions

About 78,000 houses in 13 municipal districts remain without electricity...

Serbia has evacuated 16,300 people from the flood-stricken areas in Obrenovac, Baric, Sremska Mitrovica, from the outskirts of Pozarevac, etc. People are being accommodated in schools, dormitories and institutes. Policemen, firefighters and a huge number of volunteers are involved in the rescue operations, the Serbian Interior Ministry reports.  


About 78,000 houses in 13 municipal districts remain without electricity; 2,060 facilities have been under-flooded and another 1,763 are under threat of inundation. The relief aid collected by the Serbian Interior Ministry has been distributed flooded and flood threatened areas.

Most theatres and concert halls have cancelled performances and concerts until the end of the week at least in solidarity with the flood victims. Serbian museums have refused to participate in the “Night of Museums” action.

Instead, museums and theatres in Belgrade have started raising funds for the flood victims. People are bringing bottles with drinking water, canned food, blankets, personal hygiene products, shoes and clothes.

Meanwhile, the neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, which is also hit by floods, officially confirmed the death of 16 people on May 17, Gojko Vasic, the head of police department in the Serbian Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, told a news conference in Banja Luka on Saturday.

He expected more bodies to be found when the waters started to decrease.

So far, the death toll - nine people - has been highest in Doboj, a city in northern Bosnia and Herzegovina. It was isolated from the rest of the world for three days. It is still without electricity and some of its neighborhoods can be reached only by boat. More than 6,000 people have been evacuated in Bosnia and Herzegovina by now.

Bosnia and Herzegovina’s demining center has warned that floods and mudslides could displace minefields and bring mines and shells hidden on riverbeds to the surface.
“We are closely watching the situation and asking people not to panic if they see a shell appear from the ground,” Sasa Obradovic, the center’s spokesperson, said, advising people to immediately turn to mine disposal experts for help.

  • More than 500,000 people out of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s population of almost 4 million people live in areas filled with mines left over from the 1992-1995 Bosnian war and run daily risks of blowing themselves up on these unexploded mines.

  • According to the Bosnian demining center, about 220,000 mines are still lying beneath on the country’s territory.
 [itar-tass.com]
18/5/14
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  1. At least 19 people were killed by floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), with hundreds of buildings damaged and over 10,000 people evacuated, officials said on Saturday.

    Heavy rain triggered the flooding, the worst in 120 years in the Balkan state.

    A total of 16 people, mostly old people, were confirmed dead in the worst-hit Republika Srpska (RS), an entity of BiH, Gojko Vasic, a local police head was quoted by media as saying.

    Elsewhere in BiH, two women and an old man were killed during landslides, according to media reports. A couple of villages remained cut off from the outside.

    The death toll might climb as rescue efforts continue.

    The Armed Forces of BiH sent trucks and helicopters to evacuate trapped citizens, and delivered drinking water, food, clothing and medicine to the flooding-hit areas.

    The European Union Force (EUFOR), at the request of BiH government, sent four helicopters and military vehicles to transfer several hundred people to safe ground.

    The European Union (EU) and neighboring countries rushed to help. The EU sent in five boats and 23 rescuers to BiH, while Slovenia dispatched one police helicopter and four boats. Austria pledged to send eight boats with crew.

    The United States, Croatia and Macedonia also provided help in relief efforts. A British special response team with rescue equipment arrived in Sarajevo Saturday night.

    Though water levels in most flooded areas are receding, the danger of more landslides increases, expert warned, saying that evacuation must speed up to avoid more casualties.

    BiH Foreign Minister Zlatko Lagumdzija said damage caused by the floods in the country would amount to millions of U.S. dollars, "like that would be caused by a war."
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  2. Russia sends relief aid to flood-stricken Serbia...

    Russia has sent a relief cargo to Serbia hit by heavy floods, Alexander Drobyshevsky, an official spokesperson for the Russian Emergencies Ministry, told Itar-Tass...........http://en.itar-tass.com/world/732040
    18/5/14

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  3. Two aircrafts of the Emergency Situations' Ministry have delivered humanitarian aid to Serbia, official spokesman for the ministry Alexander Drobyshevsky has announced....

    "Two Ilyushin Il-76 aircraft of the Emergency Situations' Ministry arrived at Belgrade and Nis airports. Together they delivered about 70 tons of humanitarian cargo," he said.

    The plane landing in Belgrade delivered one power station, 10 water pumps, 30 boats, 2,500 blankets and also meat and fish cans, sugar, baby food and other necessities. The other plane carried five water pumps, two mobile power plants, 10 boats, 3,200 blankets and also meat and fish cans.

    In addition, two Kamov Ka-32 helicopters are on their way. They took off from Ramenskoye near Moscow and are flying via Gomel, Brest and Bratislava to Nis. The helicopters will be on their way for some 12 hours.

    "In Serbia the crews of Ka-32 having ample experience of rescue operations on the water will fly reconnaissance missions, evacuate flood victims and deliver cargos to inaccessible areas," Drobyshevsky said.

    Besides, helicopters will deliver firefighting equipment to the Russian-Serbian center in Nis.

    Russian rescuers have been operating in Serbia since last Friday. They have evacuated over 2,000 people from calamity areas, Interfax reports.
    Read more: http://voiceofrussia.com/news/2014_05_18/Two-Russian-aircrafts-with-humanitarian-aid-arrive-in-Serbia-9111/
    18/5/14

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  4. Balkan floods: Fears of new surge on Serbia's River Sava...

    Emergency workers in Serbia are preparing for a "flood wave" on one of the country's main rivers.

    Water levels on the River Sava are expected to peak later, threatening the country's biggest power plant.

    It comes after the worst floods in the Balkans for decades left at least 20 dead and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes.

    In Bosnia-Hercegovina, landslides have buried houses and disturbed landmines laid during the war in the 1990s.

    The floods are also affecting Croatia................http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27459184
    18/5/14

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  5. More bodies were recovered from the Serbian town of Obrenovac as unprecedented floods swept the region, bringing the overall death toll across the Balkans to 44....

    In the town of "Obrenovac alone we recovered 12 corpses," Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said, bringing the toll in Serbia to 16. Bosnia has confirmed 27 dead and Croatia one.

    Russian cargo planes and rescue teams from around Europe have joined volunteer aid efforts in Serbia and Bosnia...............http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0518/618088-bosnia-serbia-floods/
    18/5/14

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