Serbia: Floods Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) MDRRS009 DREF operation

Situation Report
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A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Torrential rainfall has affected Serbia since 13 May 2014, with the amount of rain reaching two months` average in just two days. The floods in Serbia have taken at least 21 lives and more than 30,873 people have been evacuated by the Emergency Sector, Police and the Military Forces to date.

A state of emergency has been declared for the whole country. All schools in Belgrade stopped work for two days while 155 primary and secondary schools are still closed in the affected areas. Belgrade City and the municipalities of Obrenovac, Lazarevac and Grocka are currently the most affected areas. More than 120,000 households are currently without electricity and telephone lines due to floods causing sporadic power cuts.

Military forces with heavy engineering equipment are engaged in Mačvanski, Kolubarski and Moravički regions. These floods are perceived by Government officials as the biggest catastrophe in Serbia's recent history. Many local roads are cut off and many bridges are destroyed preventing traffic on the main communication routes.

People are asked to refrain from travel unless absolutely necessary in order not to risk their lives and properties. The rise of the rivers Sava, Drina and Morava are threatening nearby municipalities. Landslides have been activated in several municipalities, and on the territory of Krupanj municipality more than 20 houses have been swept away. A new flooding wave is expected in the next couple of days since the water level of the rivers Sava and Danube are on the rise now. Emergency evacuations are continuing, following the water levels` rise.