Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBA006

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GLIDE n=B0 FL-2010-000239-BIH

The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 218,932 (USD 222,576 or EUR 168,694) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1450 families (5,800 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Due to the heavy rain in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Republic of Srpska, the water level in river Drina has been on a steady increase since 1st December until 3rd December, with water spilling out of the river beds and flooding the houses, buildings and agricultural land. In Bosnia and Herzegovina 5,806 households (approximately 20,000 people) have been affected by the flooding.

The affected municipalities are Bosanska Krupa, Domaljevac-=A9amac, Ora=B9je, Tuzla, Maglaj, Gora=BEde, Foèa-Ustikolina, Pale-Praèa, Ravno, =C8itluk, =C8apljina, Stolac, Mostar, Trnovo, Ilid=BEa, Novi Grad, Tomislavgrad, Drvar, Trebinje, Bileæa, Nevesinje, Foèa, Novo Gora=BEde, Bratunac, Zvornik, Bijeljina including their surrounding villages. The water, spilling from the river beds has flooded the land and buildings, causing damage to living quarters and personal belongings as well as agricultural land and equipment.

The Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina has identified approximately 1,450 families (5,800 people) in need of urgent assistance with basic food, water and non-food items.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 10 March 2011 a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 10 June 2011).