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Mine awareness education in Hrvatska Kostajnica

On Saturday, 11. October CROMAC participated in educational activity named „Less weaponry –less tragedies“, which was held in Hrvatska Kostajnica as a part of „Kestenijada 2014“ event.

With a large number of visitors from all over Croatia as well as abroad, those present had the opportunity to see the demining devices and were informed of the Mine situation in Croatia.

The interested members of the public were shown current demining sites that are active with emphasis on Sisak Moslavina County.

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EU programme for Croatia – IPA 2013, Component I – Assistance in transition and demining of the Socio Economic infrastructure in Lika Senj, Sisak Moslavina and Zadar counties. A FIELD VISIT

On 13. October a visit to a demining project „Area of the Blinjski kut settlement and Gornje Komarevo“ took place.

With the realization of this demining project a total of 1,3Km 2 will be released back to use, which represents almost 15% of the MSA in the City of Sisak. The importance of this project is well illustrated by the fact that there was a Mine or an UXO found in each 2.875m2.

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Serbia + 2 others
EU Solidarity Fund: Commission moves to help Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria after May's major floods

European Union

Brussels, 10 October 2014

EU Commissioner for Regional Policy, Johannes Hahn, has today announced an aid package worth nearly €80 million proposed by the European Commission for Serbia, Croatia and Bulgaria after flooding disasters struck the countries in May and June 2014.

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Serbia + 2 others
Lively debate on European floods

By Richard Waddington

MADRID, 9 October 2014 - The recurrence of flooding, one of Europe’s most persistent natural hazards, presents both a challenge and an opportunity when it comes to disaster reduction, a conference heard on Wednesday.

Both the Balkans and the United Kingdom have experienced heavy floods in the last year, with surging water levels in Serbia in May leading to over 60 deaths and causing more than a billion euros of damage.

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Serbia + 4 others
16 September 2014: Eastern Europe – Floods


SLOVENIA: In the last few days heavy rains caused floods in parts of Slovenia. The most affected regions are Dolenjska, Pomurje, parts of Stajerska and Koroska. The situation is slowly stabilizing. More than 250 landslides occurred in the last days and the warning is still in place. According to media more than 1 100 buildings have been inundated. On 14 September, the Copernicus Emergency Management Service was activated.

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Croatia - Floods (ECHO Daily Flash, 15 September 2014)

  • Heavy rain affected several areas of Croatia in the last few days causing water levels to rise and subsequent floodings.

  • The most critical situation during 14 September was in Nedelišce, Pribislavec, Mala Subotica and Mursko Središce due to severe situation on the river Mura in Medimurje County.

  • As of 15 September the situation is most serious in the area of Sisak - Moslavina County, Medimurska County and the County of Karlovac.

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Serbia + 1 other
One killed in fresh Serbia, Croatia floods

09/15/2014 21:14 GMT

BELGRADE, September 15, 2014 (AFP) - One woman was killed on Monday after heavy rains brought renewed flooding to Serbia, four months after record floods killed almost 80 in the Balkans, local media reported.

The eastern village of Tekija, on the right bank of the Danube, was among the worst affected. More than 300 of the village's roughly 1,000 residents had to be evacuated, police said in a statement.

The surging waters claimed the life of one elderly woman in the village, state-run RTS television added.

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Croatia struggles with floods after heavy rains

ZAGREB, Sept 14 (Reuters) - As many as two-thirds of 21 Croatian counties are struggling with flooding, with the worst occurring in central Croatia, the national rescue agency DUZS said on Sunday.

Heavy rain has been falling since Wednesday, causing rivers to rise, closing roads and threatening houses and factories. No deaths or injuries have been reported so far.

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World + 55 others
Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action

The Goal

This report has a simple and urgent goal: to connect decision-makers and relevant actors with strategies that prevent and respond to violence in the lives of children.

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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.