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Reconstruction of houses in Obrenovac according to plan

Obrenovac, 19 Aug 2014 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said in Obrenovac that reconstruction of houses damaged in the May flood goes according to the plan, noting that so far 2,500 decisions have been issued for the payment of damages.

Vucic toured the sites where works on clearing the ground for the construction of houses are taking place.

He said that out of 2,500 decisions, there were only 56 complaints, which is less than 2%, adding that an average payment amounts to approximately RSD 350,000, which is the maximum the government can afford at the moment.

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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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World + 10 others
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.

UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs:

To learn more about OCHA's activities, please visit http://unocha.org/.

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New infrastructure brings drinking water closer to Kosovo towns

Pipes and taps replace long treks to stand in line

Aug. 2014—The villages tucked into the hills outside the town of Malishevë/o in central Kosovo are like many in the landlocked country—difficult to access by road—but many who live there prefer the quiet agrarian life to the faster pace of the country’s bigger cities.

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Verification method for damages in flooded areas determined

Belgrade, 8 Aug 2014 – The Serbian government at its session today adopted a decree determining the verification method for damages in flooded areas contained in local self-governments’ assessment reports.

The government also established a decree on the method of verification of damage caused to public companies and other organisations founded by the Republic of Serbia.

The verification will be conducted by the Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief.

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Serbia : Extreme Winter Conditions Emergency Plan of Action DREF Operation n° MDRRS007 - final report

A. Situation analysis

Due to extreme snow fall and winds (120-150 kilometers per hour), snow drifts paralyzed traffic along the international highway E- 75, and also many local and district roads especially in Vojvodina province from 28 January 28 to 2 February 2014 (some local roads until 6 February). Hundreds of vehicles were stranded for three days, some for more than 15 hours, while the cold weather and the snow drifts made travelling on the roads very challenging.

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Serbia: Extreme Winter Conditions - Emergency Plan of Action final report

A. Situation analysis

Due to extreme snow fall and winds (120-150 kilometers per hour), snow drifts paralyzed traffic along the international highway E- 75, and also many local and district roads especially in Vojvodina province from 28 January 28 to 2 February 2014 (some local roads until 6 February). Hundreds of vehicles were stranded for three days, some for more than 15 hours, while the cold weather and the snow drifts made travelling on the roads very challenging.

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Serbia + 1 other
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.

Agence France-Presse:

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Romania + 4 others
Making the Tisza River basin a safer place

Local communities in the Tisza River basin have recently been confronted with several serious toxic spills and ecological disasters along the river. Regional scientists, within a NATO Science for Peace and Security (SPS) project, have therefore started to develop a monitoring system to increase the chances of predicting environmental crises and improving disaster response.

From one disaster to another

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Kosovo: KLA leaders to be indicted for crimes against humanity

Report
Amnesty

Longstanding impunity for crimes against humanity in Kosovo will be challenged after today’s announcement that former leaders of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) will be indicted for the abduction, inhumane treatment and killing of Kosovo Serbs and ethnic Albanians believed to oppose the KLA in 1999, Amnesty International said today.

In a statement for the Special Investigative Task Force, established by the EU, Chief Prosecutor Clint Williamson outlined charges to be brought against senior KLA officials.

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Serbia + 1 other
‘Worst flooding in the Balkans in decades’

Report
ShelterBox

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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Serbia: Floods Emergency Appeal n° MDRRS009 Operations update n° 2

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 4,485,096 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Red Cross of Serbia in delivering assistance and support to some 12,400 flood-affected families (49,600 people).

As significant needs for ongoing recovery activities still remain, this Operation Update wishes to confirm the need to support the Red Cross of Serbia (RCS) in its activities to help the population affected by the extraordinary floods. The RCS continues to support the ongoing relief and recovery activities.

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Serbia + 2 others
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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EU and FAO partner to help flood-affected Serbian farms rebuild

25/07/2014

The European Union (EU) will partner with FAO to help small-scale farmers in Serbia recover from the devastating floods of the past spring. An EU grant of EUR 8 million, aimed at restoring the livelihoods of the most vulnerable farming families, was announced at a ceremony here today.

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Serbia to receive €30m from IPA funds for flood relief

Obrenovac, 25 July 2014 – Minister without portfolio responsible for European integration Jadranka Joksimovic and Head of the EU Delegation to Serbia Michael Davenport signed in Obrenovac today the Agreement on allocation of funds from the Instrument for Pre-Accession Assistance (IPA) in the amount of €30 million for the clean-up of flood consequences in 24 municipalities.

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Programmes of housing reconstruction after floods adopted

Belgrade, 24 July 2014 – The Serbian government adopted at today's session the programmes of reconstruction of destroyed and damaged houses in the areas hit by the May floods, which envisage the construction of 350 houses and the payment of financial assistance to owners of 10,000 damaged family housing units.

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Serbia + 1 other
China donates technical, medical equipment to Serbia

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Xinhua

BELGRADE, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese and Serbian defense ministries Wednesday signed a protocol by which China agreed to donate technical and medical equipment worth 355,000 euros (about 479,250 U.S. dollars) as a way of assistance after heavy floods hit the country mid-May.

The protocol for the donation was signed by the representative of the Chinese Ministry of National Defense, Senior Colonel Wang Haibin, and chief of the Serbian Military Medicine Department Brigadier General Zoran Popovic.

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Montenegro + 1 other
Step by step, Kosovo refugee rebuilds life in Montenegro

CAMP KONIK, Montenegro, July 23 (UNHCR) – Tefik Berisa is a difficult man to reach. Calls to his home are often answered by a polite childish voice: "My father is not available, he is at work."

In person, his face reflects the hard life he's been through but his posture reveals a man who believes dignity is built through hard work. In 1999 he and his family fled Kosovo for Montenegro with little more than the clothes on their backs. Their belongings and documents were left behind.

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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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Serbian government sets aside €1m for reconstruction of Samac, Doboj

Samac, 19 July 2014 – Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic stated today that Serbia has set aside €1 million in aid for Samac and Doboj for reconstruction of the damage caused by the recent catastrophic floods.

During his stay in Republika Srpska, in an address to citizens of Samac, Vucic said that this money will be paid on Monday, 21 July, and that it will also be discussed how to help Bijeljina and other municipalities in Republika Srpska that were damaged in the floods.