23 May 2014: Serbia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Croatia – Sava river floods

• SERBIA: As floodwaters are slowly receding in the affected areas and displaced people start returning to the their homes, the Serbian Government lifted the country-wide Emergency Situation on 23 May. It was left in effect, however, in the cities of Sabac and Stremska Mitrovica as well as in 16 municipalities, mostly along the Sava and Morava rivers. The number of people killed by the floods has reached 33.

• BOSNIA HERZEGOVINA: The water levels in Brcko, Bijeljina and Samac are stagnant, according to local media reports, while in the rest of the affected area levels are decreasing; road access is still restricted in some areas, however, and power outages are still extensive. According to a UN report, there have been 24 (unconfirmed officially) deaths in the country (as of 20 May) and 46 municipalities have been affected by the floods. It is mentioned that the most pressing concerns are landslides and animal carcasses and debris that pose a health risk. According to local media, a total of 950 000 people were displaced by the floods.

• CROATIA: On 22 May the Croatian Government declared Vukovar-Srijem as a disaster area; as of that day, 11 000 people had been evacuated in the region of Zupanja. Also affected was the neighbouring county of Slavonski Brod-Posavina. The death toll in Croatia remains at two people killed.