Bosnia calls for international aid over floods
Friday, May 16, 2014
SARAJEVO – The Council of Ministers in Bosnia and Herzegovina has called for international aid following heavy rain which has led to overflowing rivers and flooding paralyzing the country since May 15.
Several people have died and thousands have had to evacuate their homes this week as the heaviest rainfall for 120 years hit Bosnia and Serbia.
A landslide in the northeastern city of Bijeljina, caused by the heavy rains, killed one man, who has yet to be identified.
Meanwhile Serbia has seen three people killed and 6,000 evacuated due to flooding.
The Slovenian government, in response to Bosnia’s call for help, is to dispatch a helicopter, a boat and 12 personnel to flood-hit areas.
A humanitarian relief agency, operating in Bosnia called "Mercy", launched an aid campaign across the country.
In addition the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency has also sent aid materials, including food, blankets and boots to the regions that were heavily hit by the floods.
The European Commission has sent civil protection assistance to the region, which was requested by Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
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