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16 May 2014: Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina – Severe weather/Floods

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On 15 May, the government of Serbia declared the whole country in a State of Emergency, due to the floods that have been caused by heavy rainfall in the last few days. Over the course of the same day, WMO reported 71mm of rain in Loznica, western Serbia and 68mm in Nis in the south.

As of 16 May, three deaths related to the floods have been reported. According to local media, approx. 4 600 people had to evacuate their homes, while Government information estimates 85 000 households without electricity, as a large number of power plants have been flooded.

For 16 May, the Republic Hydrometeorological Service has issued a Warning for heavy rain in western and south-western Serbia, although the amount of rainfall expected is significantly lower than that of the previous days. The rivers Kolubara, Jasenica, Ubu, Mlava and Pek continue to exceed the flood emergency water level along parts of their course, while all rivers in the country show a stabilisation or tendency for further increase of their levels.

The government of Serbia has requested international assistance through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Heavy rainfall continued to affect Bosnia and Herzegovina on 15 May, with 107mm in 24h measured in Tuzla, north-east country, over 14-15 May. Vrbas river in Delibasino in the north-west and Bosna river downstream from Sarajevo are still above flood emergency levels.

As of 15 May, the Zenica-Doboj Canton is reportedly worst flooded, with households having been left without electricity, people having evacuated their homes and transportation having been blocked in several places, stranding cities and villages.

According to the country's Meteorological Services, an Orange Alert for rain is in effect in the northern parts for 16 May, while the weather conditions are expected to improve significantly from 17 May. The government of Bosnia and Herzegovina has requested international assistance through the European Union Civil Protection Mechanism.