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Humanitarian demining of the entire MSA in Gunja

Today the commencement of the demining works was marked and with it the entire MSA in Gunja Municipality in size 162.017m2

Numerous humanitarian actions in coordination with the members of the Croatian Mine Action community were undertaken in order to assist the affected flooded local residents.

The demining will be done by 37 demining companies authorized for demining in Croatia at no cost. The overall estimated value of the project is about 1 Milion Kuna. The demining site will entail 43 deminers for a period of 30 days.

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Serbia + 9 others
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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EBRD Assists with flood recovery in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia

Up to €500 million to boost long-term lending in the Western Balkans and Croatia

In a move designed to boost long-term lending to local businesses and private borrowers in the Western Balkans and Croatia, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is extending up to €500 million for on-lending to partner banks.

The funds are being provided under the Western Balkans and Croatia Finance Framework IV (WBFF IV), structured to accommodate potential demand for additional financing as a result of the recent floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia.

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International Medical Corps Continues Recovery Efforts in Balkans

June 24, 2014 - Los Angeles, Calif. – After massive flooding in mid-May that killed more than fifty people and displaced tens of thousands more, International Medical Corps teams were on the ground in the Balkans to deliver critical supplies, assess health needs, support repair of infrastructure, and work with local authorities and international partners on recovery efforts. Flood water levels continue to fluctuate but most have receded.

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South Sudan + 3 others
Health Emergency Highlights, May 2014, Issue #15

In this issue: The humanitarian crisis and cholera outbreak in the Republic of South Sudan; the floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia; WHO’s work in emergencies at the World Health Assembly; and a technical briefing on ‘Health Care under Attack: A Call for Action’

Humanitarian crisis and cholera in the Republic of South Sudan

Situation highlights: humanitarian crisis and cholera outbreak

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Rapid Risk Assessment - Floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia: communicable disease risks

European Union


​The recent floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, and Serbia caused substantial damage. Recovery phase activities are ongoing (e.g. debris cleaning, disinfection, rodent control), in conjunction with post-disaster needs assessments in the affected areas. Following the floods, there is a risk of increased transmission of vector-borne infections to the populations, mainly of West Nile virus infection, and possibly dengue and chikungunya fever, if the virus is introduced through a viraemic visitor.

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Croatia + 1 other
Japan’s Emergency Assistance to Croatia for flood disaster (18 June 2014)

Related to the article on 9th June 2014, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has dispatched emergency relief supplies to Croatia.

Emergency goods to the value of 11 million JPY – including Water tank, Tents, sleeping pads, Electric generators etc– were dispatched and arrived at Zagreb, the capital city of the country, on the afternoon of 13th June.

A handover ceremony of the emergency supplies took place at the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs at 4pm (local time) on the 17th June.

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Serbia + 2 others
Ending Impunity for Crimes under International Law


The European Union (EU) must do everything it can to ensure Serbia addresses the culture of impunity for war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide, committed by Serbian police, military and paramilitary forces during the wars of the 1990s, said Amnesty International in a new report published today.

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Neighbouring Red Cross societies come together to help each other after Balkan floods

It didn’t take long after the flooding began for Lea Kujudnzic’s phone to start ringing off the hook. The Head of International Affairs for the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina was receiving offers of assistance from many Red Cross and Red Crescent societies in neighbouring countries.

“We’re very thankful and grateful that our neighbours have shown such big hearts in this disaster especially because we know that many are not in good economic situations,” said Kujudnzic.

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Croatia + 1 other
Japan’s Emergency Assistance to Croatia in Response to the Floods Disaster

  1. On Monday, June 9, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods worth 11 million yen (Tents, sleeping pads, etc.) to Croatia, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the Government of Croatia following serious damage from the floods in the country.

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Rwanda + 4 others
Voices of Victims Being Heard as International Criminal Tribunals Race to Meet Deadlines, Transfer Tasks, Top Officials Tell Security Council

Briefing the Security Council on the work of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, including the transfer of cases to the Residual Mechanism, judges and prosecutors alike noted progress but stressed the need for continued support, while speakers in debate generally agreed that the voices of victims were being heard and historical records were being preserved.

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Balkans floods: emergency supplies arrive

Following the severe flooding in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia in May, water levels have been falling in most areas, but stagnating in some. The transition from the response phase to the recovery phase is underway: families are returning to their homes to begin to clean and repair them.

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The ILO is ready to assist in the reconstruction process in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia

ILO Director-General Guy Ryder has expressed his deepest symphathy to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia for the destruction and loss of life recently caused by devastating floods in the region. He offered the ILO’s assistance in the recovery process as part of the UN and international response to the crisis.

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Serbia + 2 others
30 May 2014: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia – Floodwaters recession/stagnation along the Sava

In the main map we show a superposition of the floodwaters detected by MODIS on 22 and 29 May, with the most recent (purple) on top. It is easy to observe the significant recession (at least according to the satellite image) of floodwaters in the Bosnian districts of Domaljevac and Samac; on the other hand, waters seem stagnant (in extent) in the areas NW of the city of Brcko and north of Bijeljina. Flood extent seems steady also in Serbia, in the worst-hit area between Sabac and Obrenovac along the Sava.

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Serbia + 2 others
Balkan Floods: Social Media Photo and Video Mapping (as of 22 May 2014)

Eastern Europe/Balkans Floods 2014: Situation Analysis (24 May, 1418 CEST)

Digital Humanitarian Network was activated on 21th May Wednesday for 24 hours. Network organizations through volunteer collected more than 62 post disaster documents and around 70 videos and photos. UN OCHA has produced following map based on photo and video content received from categorisation analysis. Interactive map is being prepared to review the content.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit

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Picking up the pieces after the floods: ‘the river took everything from me’

Rabija Dedic could never have imagined that the pretty Starinska river in front of her house would burst into her life and turn it upside down in an instant.

“I loved that river and it was that river that took everything from me,” she says.

The river crushed the 59-year-old’s house and she now lives in barracks with 250 people. They are just some of the 2,000 inhabitants from Topcic Polje, in Bosnia and Herzegovina, who lost everything in the few hours it took for the river to rise.