In response to unprecedented flooding in Bosnia and Serbia, Direct Relief is reaching out to response organizations in the region and is ready to assist with medicines and supplies.
The flooding – the worst ever recorded in the Balkans - destroyed more than 100,000 homes and structures, forcing 500,000 people to evacuate. Over 40 people have died, a number which is expected to grow quickly as flood waters reside. There is also major concern over the surfacing of more than 120,000 unexploded landmines that are now increasingly difficult to locate.
Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team is in touch with the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination leads at the United Nations and European Union to assess health needs.
During and after flooding, many people are at high risk of developing skin and eye infections and respiratory infections. Highly requested products following flooding events include: nutritional products, IV solutions, antibiotics, wound care, personal hygiene supplies and medicines for chronic conditions.
In the coming months there will be long-term needs for support in the form of shelter items for those who have been displaced, medicine and first-aid items for people injured, as well as supplies to treat water-borne illness.