The worst floods in the Balkans since the records are kept, so far claimed
the lives of over 40 people[1], but there are fears that the final death toll could be measured in hundreds. In less than a week, the amount of precipitation in Serbia exceeded the average rainfall for three months[2], and the amount of rain that normally falls for the entire spring was exceeded in the areas most heavily affected by the worst floods in the history of Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina. The river Sava, one of Europe's largest rivers and the largest tributary of the Danube River, poses the greatest danger to the citizens of Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia. Thousands of volunteers work around the clock raising levels along the Sava River to defend the village Šabac and Sremska Mitrovica, but for some settlements it is too late. More than 10,000 people were evacuated from Obrenovac[3], the city that suffered the heaviest damage from the floods, and the constant battle is fought for the defense of the thermal power plant Nikola Tesla, which produces nearly half the electricity in Serbia[4], and which is located in Obrenovac. Floods also triggered a large number of landslides that have already wiped out several villages and more than a hundred homes in Serbia and Bosnia, but, to make matters worse, mudslides in Bosnia also disturbed the mines left over from the 1990s war[5]. In addition to direct damage and casualties by the flood, danger also lurks from a large number of carcasses of animals killed in the flood, which float freely in flooded areas[6]. Animal carcasses, as well as the discharge of wastewater in combination with high temperatures threaten to cause one of the biggest humanitarian disasters of this type in South East Europe. German Der Spiegel estimated the flood damage at one billion euros[7], but pessimistic forecasts exceed the figure of 1.5 billion euros[8]. In addition to the destroyed infrastructure and industry, on the territory of Serbia only, there is currently 26,000 households without electricity, more than 2,200 buildings under water and the flood threatens at least 1,800 more homes[9]. Some of the world’s most famous personalities like Novak Djokovic[10], Billy Idol[11], Alyssa Milano[12], Adriana Lima[13], and many others, already took part in the humanitarian action.

BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA

Worst affected areas:

Bosnia Zavidovici, near Maglaj, in Doboj in northern cities of Bosnia along the bank of the Sava River – Biljeljina, Bosanski Šamac. Village of Željezno Polje near Živinice in central Bosnia has been effectively deleted from the map by massive landslides. Similar catastrophes happened in village of Paraći, near Kalesija in northwest Bosnia, which has been almost completely destroyed by a landslide. Bosnia-Croatia border, border crossings checkpoints been closed due to flooding, at Bosanski Šamac, Orašje, Brčko, Rača i Pavlovića bridge.

Information for Providing Aid:

Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Caritas of Bosnia and Herzegovina

SERBIA

Worst affected areas:

Obrenovac, the city that suffered the heaviest damage from the floods and was completely evacuated. Čаčаk, Zаječаr, Užice, Vаljevo and Šаbаc, so as municipalities of Lučаni, Mionicа, LJig, Ub, Lаjkovаc, Osečinа, Koceljevа, Mаli Zvornik, Gornji Milаnovаc, Požegа, Loznicа, Obrenovаc, Vlаdimirci, Kosjerić, Rаčа, Trstenik i Doljevаc. Krupanj was devastated by massive landslides. Many other places were hit by landslides launched by heavy rain and floods.

Information for Providing Aid:

Serbian Goverment Flood Relief

CROATIA

Worst affected areas:

Bosnia-Croatia border, border crossings checkpoints been closed due to flooding, at Bosanski Šamac , Orašje, Brčko, Rača i Pavlovića bridge

Information for Providing Aid:

APPEAL FOR FLOOD RELIEF IN CROATIA – RED CROSS CROATIA [14]

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[1] http://rt.com/news/159772-balkans-flood-death-tol...

[2] http://www.telegraf.rs/vesti/1070475-rekord-u-beo...

[3] http://www.pobjeda.me/2014/05/19/srbija-evakuisan...

[4] http://www.nezavisne.com/posao/privreda/Steta-u-K...

[5] http://www.foxnews.com/world/2014/05/19/serbian-c...

[6] http://www.dw.de/srbija-broji-mrtve-od-poplava/a-...

[7] http://www.alo.rs/vesti/aktuelno/blog-uzivo-srbij...

[8] http://www.kurir-info.rs/katastrofa-steta-od-popl...

[9] http://www.pobjeda.me/2014/05/19/srbija-evakuisan...

[10] http://www.story.rs/vesti/svet-poznatih/40288-dok...

[11] http://www.alo.rs/v-i-p/svetski-dzet-set/bili-ajd...

[12] http://www.story.rs/vesti/svet-poznatih/40324-ali...

[13] http://www.story.rs/vesti/svet-poznatih/40314-adr...

[14] http://revolution-news.com/poplave-2014-bosnia-croatia-serbia/

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