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ECHO Factsheet Floods in Serbia and BiH - 26 May 2014

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Facts & Figures

22 Member States offered assistance through the EU civil Protection Mechanism so far

2 EU Civil Protection teams on the ground, assessing needs supporting national authorities

Nearly 500 relief workers from the Member States deployed through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism to Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

Key messages

 The region has been hit by the worst flooding in a century. The European Union is providing coordinated assistance through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism which has been activated upon the request of Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina.

 A total of 22 EU Member States have offered assistance such as motor boats, helicopters, pumps, humanitarian kits and deployed nearly 500 relief workers to the two countries. Two EU Civil Protection teams have been sent to Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina to help with the coordination of relief efforts and assist rescue operations

 The European Commission is providing satellite imagery of the flooded areas to the relevant authorities in the two countries and is co-financing the transportation costs of aid.

 The European Commission's Emergency Response Coordination Centre (ERCC) is in constant contact with the two affected countries and with the participating states in the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, matching the incoming offers for assistance with needs on the ground.

 EU Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva visited Serbia and Bosnia&Herzegovina in the immediate aftermath of the flooding to assess the situation and met with the authorities and rescue workers.

 Beyond the emergency operations, extensive recovery and reconstruction needs are expected.

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