Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Floods (EPoA) DREF Operation n° MDRBA009

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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Since 13 May 2014, heavy rains in Bosnia and Herzegovina have caused large-scale flooding with subsequent landslides in the following days. As a result, a state of emergency was declared in a number of municipalities. The affected municipalities include Maglaj, Doboj, Bijeljina, Zvornik,
Brcko, Modrica, Bosanski Samac, Tuzla, Vares, Doboj Jug, Sekovici, Bratunac, Srebrenica, Kotor Varos, Petrovo, Sapna, Gračanica, Gradačac, Kakanj, Olovo, Sanski Most Breza, Visoko, Zenica, Kladanj, Banovici, Lukavac and Sarajevo Canton. According to the national authorities, several cities and villages are experiencing disruption of water supply, power cuts and damaged infrastructure. As of 17 May, the water has been slowly receding, but the situation remains still complex due to numerous landslides causing house collapsing and road damages. State and local authorities are engaged in ongoing evacuation efforts.

Officials say twelve people lost their lives and more bodies could emerge as water recedes from the dozens of cities flooded. More than 6,000 people were evacuated, with numbers still likely to rise as evacuation is still going on. It is estimated that over 100,000 people may be affected by floods and landslides.