Bosnia and Herzegovina: Flood Disaster Situation Report No. 3, 20th May 2014

Report
from UN Country Team in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Published on 20 May 2014
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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.