Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods Emergency appeal n° MDRBA009 Operations update n° 1


Timeframe covered by this update: 25 May 2014 – 20 June 2014
Emergency Appeal operation start date: 25 May 2014
Timeframe: 9 months
Appeal budget: CHF 4,522,235
Appeal coverage: 25 %
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated: CHF 334,013
Number of people being assisted: 40,000
Host National Society(ies) presence (n° of volunteers, staff, branches):
Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina
(7,000 volunteers, 200 staff, 142 branches)
Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners actively involved in the operation (both bilaterally and multilaterally):
American Red Cross, Austrian Red Cross, Bulgarian Red Cross; Canadian Red Cross, Czech Red Cross, Danish Red Cross, German Red Cross, Hellenic Red Cross, Iranian Red Crescent, Japanese Red Cross, Macedonian Red Cross, Montenegro Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross, Romanian Red Cross, Slovenian Red Cross, Swiss Red Cross, Turkish Red Crescent, United Arab Emirates Red Crescent.

This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 4,522,235 to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina to deliver assistance and support to some 10,000 flood-affected families (40,000 people).

The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina (RCSBiH), having a defined role at national level agreed with the Ministry of Security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, has been providing humanitarian assistance covering urgent needs through its local branches to all affected population eligible to receive humanitarian aid.


On 13 May 2014 unprecedented floods inundated large areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina, affecting over a million people, displacing 89,981 residents1 . The number of reported casualties is 25. The severe and widespread rains triggered over 3,000 landslides affecting 1 million people in 46 municipalities. 75,000 houses were hit by floods and/or landslides2, of which 25,000 houses were severely damaged or completely destroyed. According to the Recovery Assessment conducted by WB, UN and EUCP, the value of the damage to livelihood is calculated at 626.4 million BAM or 390 million CHF, damage to housing: 822.7 million BAM or 512 million CHF, whereas the damage to the health sector is estimated at 11.3 million BAM (7 million CHF) and water and sanitation facilities at 10.6 million BAM (6.6 million CHF).