Continuous, heavy rainfall in mid-May 2014 resulted in extensive flooding in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia.
In Serbia, the floods affected some 1.6 million people and resulted in 51 casualties, of which 23 were due to drowning. Around 32,000 people were evacuated from their homes The majority of evacuees found accommodation with relatives, but some 5,000 required temporary shelters in camps established by the Government and the Serbian Red Cross. Health facilities, schools and agricultural lands were damaged. On 15 May the Government declared a state of emergency for its entire territory. (Govt, 15 Jul 2014)
In Bosnia-Herzegovina, over a million people were affected by flooding, almost 90,000 were displaced, and 25 casualties were recorded. The severe and widespread rains triggered over 3,000 landslides. Floods and/or landslides hit 75,000 houses, of which 25,000 were severely damaged or destroyed, and also caused extensive damage to livelihoods, health and water and sanitation facilities. (IFRC, 21 Jun 2014)
In Croatia, the floods caused widespread power outages, water shortages, damage to the infrastructure, livestock and livelihoods, and displacement. Three people were killed, and, out of the estimated 15,000 people evacuated, more than 7,000 were registered and looked after by the Croatian Red Cross. (IFRC, 30 May 2014)
Flooding was also reported in Romania and Bulgaria (ECHO, 24 Apr 2014).
Report calls for building disaster risk into development efforts
Sarajevo, 20 May 2016 – Two years after massive flooding caused widespread devastation and loss of life in the Western Balkans, countries in the sub-region have taken steps to reduce the risk of disasters but more will need to be done to protect people from future destruction, according to the Human Development Report for the Western Balkans, launched here today.
By Eveline Studer, Nicole Clot and Zenebe Uraguchi
A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
Agricultural producers in seven municipalties of eastern Serbia will receive help in the coming months from the European Union – working in partnership with FAO – as part of the EU’s overall flood recovery programme for the country. A day-long workshop taking place here today will review the first phase of the programme’s assistance to agriculture and describe next steps.
Eastern Serbia is home to some of the country’s least developed areas, and many farms there suffered damage from landslides and silting following the 2014 spring floods.
Norwegian Ambassador to BiH Vibeke Lilloe and UN Resident Coordinator Sezin Sinanoglu visited today participants of the rehabilitated milk sub-sector value chain in Zenica-Doboj Canton and the Health Care Centre in Doboj as examples of the UN Floods Recovery Programme activities funded by the Norwegian Government and aimed at economic recovery and rehabilitation of public institution and services they provide.
“Bosnia and Herzegovina needed assistance to recover from the devastating floods in May 2014 and we did our best to help,” said Ambassador Lilloe.
A ceremony has been organised to mark the completion of installation of concrete barriers along the Bosna River in Doboj today. The works were completed under the UNDP project "Support to Flood Recovery and Risk Mitigation in BiH" aiming to mitigate flood risks for 4500 households.
On Friday, November 27th 2015, we marked the completion of rehabilitation of the landslide in the municipality of Vogošća in village Dreskovača, which includes 57 households. Last year's heavy rains caused landslides and resulted in danger of landslides for Dreskovača, and the lack of adequate sewage system significantly increased the risk of landslides.
Description of the disaster
Torrential rainfalls began in Serbia on 13 May 2014, with rainfalls in two days’ time equalling to two months` average precipitation as a result of a low-pressure area that formed over the Adriatic Sea due to polar air from Central Europe meeting with the humid subtropical air of the Mediterranean basin. The floods and landslides caused 51 casualties, 23 of which were people who drowned. A national state of emergency was declared on 15 May 2014 by the Government of Serbia.
Last year’s floods were the worst in 30 years, made even more damaging by a combination of institutional inefficiency and changing weather patterns.
24 November 2015
Rajko Duranovic is one of thousands of homeowners whose lives have been devastated by the floods which hit Bosnia and Herzegovina in May 2014.
Total Funding: $2 million
Project Duration: April 2015-March 2016
Geographic Coverage: Municipalities in the Federation of BiH (FBiH): Domaljevac, Gradačac, Kalesija, Odžak, Travnik and Tuzla Municipalites in Republika Srpska (RS): Bijeljina, Doboj, Lopare, Modriča and Šamac
Implementing Partners: UN Development Program (UNDP), Solidarity Fund of Republika Srpska, Fund for Support to the Areas Affected by Natural Disasters in the FBiH, local governments, Open Network NGO and Hastor Foundation
The local water supply system “Gašića vrelo” in Krupa na Vrbasu, supplying drinking water to 1,300 households in Banja Luka, Kneževo and Čelinac, has been put into operation earlier today. The system was destroyed by the last year’s floods and was repaired as part of the project “Support to Flood Recovery and Risk Mitigation in BiH”, funded by the British Government and implemented by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Following the changing humanitarian landscape in the country and the needs of the beneficiaries after the floods, a revised Emergency Appeal was launched in October 2014. The appeal sought CHF 3.9 million to enable the IFRC Secretariat to support the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH) to deliver assistance and support to some 57,500 people until April 2015. The revised appeal consisted of programme components which aimed to assist with the normalization of people’s lives in the flood-affected areas and communities.
DOBOJ, 18 AUGUST 2015 – With the financial assistance of the European Union, Project “Explosive Ordnance and Remnants of War Destruction – EXPLODE” finalized landslide remediation activities in military ammunition disposal site TROM in Doboj. These efforts reverse the effects of the last year’s floods and remove the risks the landslide posed to explosive ordnance disassemble and storage depots. TROM was directly impacted by the possibility of a landslide overpowering the facility and compromising the facility’s ability to operate.
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Belgrade, 17-July-2015 - Serbia FAO and the European Union will start a second round of assistance to flood-affected farms in Serbia this month, expected to reach an additional 7,000 households and six municipalities not included in the first round.
When the heaviest rains in 120 years of recorded measurements struck the Balkan Peninsula in May 2014, floods and landslides in Serbia killed 57 people and forced over thirty thousand to evacuate their homes. Damage to agriculture - livestock, crops, machinery, and infrastructure - was severe: estimated at Euro 228 million.
By unveiling commemorative plaques in the Municipality Building and the Health Care Centre in Maglaj today, the Deputy Head of the EU Delegation to BiH, Dr. Renzo Daviddi, the Mayor of Maglaj, Mr. Mehmed Mustabašić, and the Director of the Health Care Centre, Dr. Emira Drnda, celebrated the completion of rehabilitation works on eight public buildings in Maglaj by the EU Floods Recovery Programme.
The Advisory Panel of the EU Floods Recovery Programme held its fourth meeting on 15 July 2015 in Sarajevo to discuss the progress of the floods recovery efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and future activities.
The Advisory Panel is a key component of the governance structure of the EU Floods Recovery Programme, composed of domestic institutions responsible for floods recovery efforts at the State, Entity and Brčko District levels, representatives of the EU Delegation to BiH as the donor, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as the Programme implementing partner.
U.S. Ambassador to BiH H.E. Maureen E. Cormack and UN Recovery Programme Manager Edis Arifagić, together with representatives of local authorities, have broken ground today in Bijeljina and Gradačac to officially mark the launch of the Durable Housing Solutions Project for families affected by floods and landslides in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The project is implemented by UNDP with financial support from USAID and in cooperation with the Federal Fund for Support to the Areas Affected by Natural Disaster in FBiH, NGO Open Network, and Hastor Foundation.
In accordance with the public call of the EU Floods Recovery Programme aimed at providing grants to individuals who suffered damage as a result of May 2014 floods with the aim of helping them recover their economic standing in selected local administration units, UNDP set up a commission for evaluation of applications received from local administration units in FBiH, RS and Brčko District. The commission was composed of: