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Flood-struck families urgently make repairs as they face into winter

By Stephen Ryan (@stiofanoriain), in Bosnia and Herzegovina

Across the Bosnia and Herzegovina, communities are still struggling to recover from the devastating floods that swept across the country, as well as Croatia and Serbia, in May of this year. For the past three months, staff and volunteers of the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina have been working non-stop to help the hundreds of thousands who were affected.

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Bosnia-Herzegovina & Serbia Humanitarian Aid Operation (Flood Disaster), May - July 2014

1. General Situation

Extraordinary rainfall affected over a million people in Bosnia and Herzegovina between 14 and 19 May 2014, causing the largest floods in 120 years. The number of casualties was 25. The severe and widespread rains triggered over 3,000 landslides. It is estimated that a total of 81 local municipalities suffered damages as well as social and environmental impact of a varying degree.

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First Care Center Opens for Bosnian Children with Disabilities

New facility is a port in the storm for children and their families

“Services like this one are truly welcome because the children can relax and have fun, while I can rest a bit. There is nothing more that someone can give to parents like us.”

Aug. 2014—Until now, children with developmental disabilities in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) and their parents had no place to go for even a small respite from the extraordinary difficulties and stress in their daily lives. Now there is one place that offers them a soft, safe place to land, if only for a while.

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CERF Quarterly Update - April – June 2014

By the close of the second quarter of 2014, donors had contributed $296.1 million to CERF for 2014, bringing total contributions to over 68 per cent of total pledges for the year.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina – Flood Disaster Situation Report (11 Aug 2014)


• 5th to 8th of August heavy rainfall hit central, northern and south parts of the BiH

• The Federal and the RS meteorological Institutes report that the weather conditions will be good for the next four days

• Heavy rainfall caused new flooding and activation of landslides (e.i. 37 new landslides in Tuzla, 14 new landslides in Banja Luka, 20 in Celinac ) causing damage to property, infrastructure (roads, bridges, railway services) and agricultural land

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Summer Camps for Youth from the Flood Affected Areas

Over 350 high-school students from ten BiH municipalities and towns that suffered the most during the May floods, in the period of 07-18 August 2014, will have an opportunity to take part in one of nine youth summer camps. The summer camps will be organized in four locations: Una, National park Kozara, Blagaj and Jahorina.

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Flooding hits Serbia and Bosnia again

Heavy rains brought a new wave of flooding to Serbia and Bosnia this week, just three months after historic floods killed almost 80 people.

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CrisisWatch N°132 - 1 August 2014

Increasing Israeli-Palestinian tensions culminated in Israel launching "Operation Protective Edge" in Gaza in early July (see our latest report and commentary). The assault, which started as an aerial campaign and was later extended to include ground operations, reportedly killed more than 1,400 Palestinians throughout the month while 64 Israelis were killed in clashes inside the Gaza Strip and by Hamas rocket fire. Several attempts at reaching a ceasefire agreement failed in July.

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Urgent Appeal for More CWS School Kits

Following the two latest shipments of CWS School Kits to our partner IOCC for children in Syria and Bosnia-Herzegovina, Church World Service has just over 5,000 CWS School Kits in stock, against pending requests for 15,000 from Romania and 3,000 from Moldova – and more requests are expected soon.

CWS School Kits give children buffeted by war, natural disaster and poverty some of the basic tools for learning, so it is vitally important that we replenish our supplies as quickly as possible.

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‘Worst flooding in the Balkans in decades’


A ShelterBox Response team is now in Serbia field-testing a new way of capturing vital information from the families we have helped. Severe flooding in the country in May 2014 forced tens of thousands of people from their homes in what many have called the worst flooding in the Balkans in decades. Despite difficult conditions for a speedy recovery, ShelterBox response teams continue to work with local Rotary clubs to deliver vital aid to families in need.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRBA009 Operations update n° 2

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 4,522,235 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) to deliver assistance and support to some 10,000 flood-affected families (40,000 people).

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Activities of Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center’s mine action squad in Nis

Under the coordination of the Russian-Serbian Humanitarian Center in Nis (Republic of Serbia), a humanitarian mine action group has been working since July 22, 2014 to survey and clear the areas of cluster munitions and aerial bombs left in the city area after bombing in 1999.

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Heart on the wheels

During the general mobilization of citizens who wanted to help the population affected by floods, all possible means of transport were used - cars, boats, trucks, diggers – and people also went on foot. This is a story about the help that arrived on two wheels. More precisely, this is a story of people with a big heart on motorcycles.

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Balkan armies promise greater co-operation in catastrophes

Nine Balkan militaries agree to jointly assist the civilian population in times of disasters.

By Miki Trajkovski for Southeast European Times in Skopje -- 22/07/14

In the wake of damaging flooding in Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) this year, military leaders of nine countries in southeast Europe are promising to work together to co-ordinate emergency response to future natural disasters.

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Bosnia exalts KRCS support for victims of floods

SARAJEVO, July 18 (KUNA) -- Bosnia and Herzegovina's Minister of Human Rights and Refugees Damir Ljubic lauded the efforts exerted by Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS) in supporting the victims of devastating floods that swept the country mid-May.

Ljubic made this remark during a meeting with chief deputy of KRCS Anwar Al-Hasawi and member of KRCS' board Abdulrahman Al-Own. The meeting was held at Kuwaiti embassy in the presence of Kuwaiti Ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina Nasser Al-Mutairi.

Kuwait News Agency:

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Canada provides additional support in response to flooding in the Balkans

Canada’s contribution will support demining activities to help ensure safety in the Balkans

July 17, 2014 - Brussels, Belgium - Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada

On behalf of the Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) announced an additional $100,000 in humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the need for demining efforts as a result of the severe flooding in the Balkans.

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Bosnia and Herzegovina Recovery Needs Assessment, Floods 14 – 19 May (Executive Summary)

After the devastating floods which affected large parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014, the authorities at all levels country have conducted a post-disaster recovery needs assessment reflecting damages, effects, impact and needs.

The United Nations, the European Union and the World Bank provided technical support to authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina for development of Recovery Needs Assessment.

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Conclusions of Donors conference for Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina “Rebuilding Together”

In May 2014, severe weather and damaging floods hit entire regions of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, resulting in several dozens of casualties in both countries, causing the destruction of public and private infrastructures, as well as hitting hundreds of thousands of households, many of whom, mostly vulnerable groups, still remain without proper shelter. Damages and economic losses amount to around €2 billion in Bosnia and Herzegovina and €1.5 billion in Serbia.

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Over €1.7bn in aid raised for Serbia, BiH

Belgrade/Brussels, 16 July 2014 – Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic said late today in Brussels that more than €1.7 billion has been raised at the international donors' conference in Brussels for aid to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) after the catastrophic floods that hit those countries in May this year.

Nikolic told Radio Television B92 that these are direct donations from states, soft loans, and loans that have not been used so far and are now being diverted, adding that this sum does not include funding from the EU Solidarity Fund for which Serbia is yet to apply.

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Dutch court rules state liable over 300 Srebrenica victims

07/16/2014 20:40 GMT

by Nicolas DELAUNAY

THE HAGUE, July 16, 2014 (AFP) - A Dutch court ruled Wednesday that the state was liable for the deaths of over 300 Bosnian Muslim men and boys in the Srebrenica massacre, the worst atrocity on European soil since World War II.

Families of the victims had sued the Dutch government over the 1995 killings, accusing Dutch UN peacekeepers of failing to protect the 8,000 people slaughtered by ethnic Serb forces just a few months before the end of the Bosnian war.

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