Serbia: Floods - Information Bulletin nº 1

This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Cross of Serbia has, with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), determined that external assistance is not required at this point, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors at this time until a needs assessment is finalised.

The situation

After heavy rainfalls accompanied with hail and thunder, which on Monday, February 25th, late in the afternoon affected Bujanovac, Vranje, Trgovište and the wider environment, flash floods hit Bujanovac municipality (a part of city called New Settlement, and the villages Oslare, Levosoje and Rakovac), in Preševo (the village called Train Station) at night and on the next day, Tuesday, February 26th , while in Vranje and in Trgovište the heavy precipitation caused a sudden increase in water levels in the local rivers.

In Bujanovac, about 60 houses were flooded and about 100 people (more than twenty families) evacuated, who have been put up in homes of their friends or relatives. In Preševo about 50 homes were flooded, without evacuation of vulnerable families, while in Trgovište an emergency situation has been declared.

Coordination between the Red Cross structures, local authorities and other disaster response actors is being carried out through the emergency bodies, while on a higher level the Red Cross of Serbia and the State Emergency Authority have established a regular exchange of information.