Emergency Situation in Serbia revoked, Situation Report, No.17 (final)
Following the proposal of the National Emergency Management HQ after last session held on 26 February 2012, the Government of the Republic of Serbia revoked the Emergency Situation on 27 February 2012.
The emergency situation was declared on 5 February 2012 for the whole territory of the state due to heavy snowfalls and extreme cold. All protection and rescue activities, and preventive measures, were coordinated and managed by the National Emergency Management HQ, presided by the Minister of Interior, with the administrative and operational support of the Sector for Emergency Management.
The National HQ provided the instructions and coordinated the activities of the local HQs that coordinated rescue operations of the emergency services (fire and rescue teams, medical teams, police, and mountain rescue service), the delivery of medicines, food supplies, warm clothes, blankets etc, and the activities of the Red Cross centres, the Centres for social work, the Serbian Army, public and private companies, volunteers and citizens.
In accordance with the instruction of the National Emergency Management HQ, local emergency management HQs have established operational expert teams for flood and landslide protection. These teams will monitor the situation on their territories, and propose preventive measures to be taken.
The latest report indicated 22 people dead due to extreme cold and 311 rescued.
The capacities of the Republic of Serbia were sufficient to deal with the situation and there was no need for international assistance.
Serbia was also the transit country for the humanitarian assistance for Bulgaria sent by Hungary and Poland on 9 and 10 February 2012. The Sector for Emergency Management of the MoI coordinated border crossing and customs, and transfer through Serbian territory.