Turkey ready to help Serbia and Bosnia, says Erdogan

Monday, May 19, 2014

Turkish Prime Minister offers assistance to Balkan states suffering their worst flooding for 120 years

Turkish Prime Minister offers assistance to Balkan states suffering their worst flooding for 120 years

ANKARA – Turkey is ready to offer every kind of help to Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has told Bosnian and Serbian leaders as Balkan countries face their worst floods in more than a century.

Sources close to the Turkish prime minister told Anadolu Agency on Monday that Erdogan called Bakir Izetbegovic, the Bosniak Member of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbian Prime Minister, Alexander Vucic, to offer assistance and his condolences for the loss of lives.

Balkan leaders thanked the Turkish prime minister for offer and also expressed their condolences for the 301 miners killed in the Soma coal mine disaster last week in western Turkey.

- Deadly floods

Turkey's Prime Ministry Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency has already sent much-needed materials and equipment for use in search-and-rescue operations including a C-130 cargo aircraft and more than 100,000 sandbags, blankets and generators, the presidency said in a statement. 

Meanwhile, Turkey’s Cooperation and Coordination Agency and Turkish Red Crescent have also offered their help to the flood-hit countries.

The worst and deadliest floods in the Balkans since rainfall measurements began 120 years ago came after several months of rain fell in only a few days.

The death toll reported by Anadolu Agency teams in the region has risen to 35, while tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in Bosnia-Herzegovina and Serbia, which have called for international assistance.

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