ACT Preliminary Appeal: Serbia & Bosnia and Herzegovina Floods and Landslides – SRB141

Report
from ACT Alliance
Published on 23 May 2014

Preliminary Appeal Target: US$ 730,000
Funds secured: US$ 116,470
Balance Requested: US$ 613,530

Geneva, 23 May 2014

Dear Colleagues,

Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have been affected by a devastating cyclone, which has resulted in record flooding from heavy rains. Throughout the region dozens are confirmed dead, and many people are still missing. The Republic of Serbia has declared May 21st, 22nd and 23rd as days of mourning for those who have lost their lives in this calamity. Over 60,000 people have been evacuated and tens of thousands of households have been completely destroyed or severely damaged and remain without electricity or potable water. Bridges and roads have been damaged which makes it difficult to carry out detailed assessments and to provide accurate figures.

ACT members responding to the disasters are: Philanthropy the Charitable Foundation of the Serbian Orthodox Church, Church World Service (CWS), International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC), and Hungarian InterChurch Aid (HIA). The response is done in coordinating and collaboration among these members to ensure that resources are used in the most effective way and that the specific strength of is used strategically.

Preliminary assessments done by ACT members, authorities, Red Cross and other partners have shown a wide range of needs and interventions ranging from personal hygiene supplies to major infrastructure repairs. What is required for the short term is: food, water, major infrastructure and utility repair, demining, and medications. ACT members will target families living in the semi-rural locations that are less likely to receive the most immediate attention from other service providers.

The projects outlined in this preliminary appeal have a length of three months. However, ACT members will carry out detailed needs assessments in the coming weeks and more detailed information on the target group, locations, type of support, and budget will be provide in the full appeal.