Bosnia and Herzegovina: Flood Disaster Situation Report No. 3, 20th May 2014
• HIGHLIGHTS/KEY PRIORITIES:
o Affected locations/regions: Tuzla Canton, Sarajevo Canton, Zenica-Doboj Canton, Bosnia-Podrinje Canton, Una-Sana Canton, Brcko District, and Banja Luka, Doboj, Bijeljina, Odzak, Samac, Srebrenica regions;
o Most affected are: Samac, Odzak, Orasje, Doboj, Bijeljina, Brcko, Maglaj;
o Sava River is mostly receding to its pre-flood level;
o Brčko: Floods are still affecting the areas of Vučilovci- Gorica, Vučilovci and Krepšić with water levels rising at a rate of 3cm/hr. Domaljevac, Bosanski Šamac and Odžak are now safe areas and are not expected to experience any further flooding;
o Residents have been advised to leave the affected areas; those who remain will receive food and shelter:
• One quarter of the country’s population has been directly affected by the floods [EPA];
o The most pressing concerns are landslides, animal carcasses and debris:
• Landslides and debris pose the greatest challenge, along with contamination of the water supply system that pose a potential health threat:
• Roughly 2000 landslides have been reported [EPA];
• Municipalities Tuzla, Kalesija and Banovići are reported to be under severe threat of landslides.
• Proper strategies to dispose of debris are needed;
• Casualties (deaths):
o Federation: 7 casualties (FENA, May 20, 2014) o RS: 17 casualties (FENA, May 20, 2014) o Number of injured not yet confirmed
• Access to water and sanitation are a priority; most flooded areas do not have access to safe drinking water. Epidemiological situation in the affected areas is concerning.
• The Meteorological institutes of the Federation and RS have reported that:
o Water levels are going down (checkpoints Gradiška, Srbac, Novi Grad, Prijedor, Doboj, Radalj, Bihać, Sanski Most, Sarajevo, Reljevo, Zenica, Tuzla), o Weather is improving and no heavy rainfall is expected;
• UN staff are safe and accounted for.