Croatian Red Cross and Red Cross branches have been actively participating in the response of the rescue and protection services to the situation caused by flood waves that have occured on some rivers in several parts of Croatia.
Red Cross has been providing food, water, personal hygiene products and shelter for the affected population and has also been active in preparing and distributing meals for members of other rescue and protection services.
In mid-May, heavy rainfall led to severe flooding across north-eastern Croatia, as well as parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia, affecting hundreds of thousands of people in the three countries. Over just three days, parts of Croatia received what is normally three months of rainfall. Rivers quickly rose to torrential levels, within 24 hours as much as 3.5 meters in some places. In Croatia, an estimated 15,000 people were evacuated. Throughout the sixty days since the onset of this disaster, Croatian Red Cross teams have been working to help those in greatest need.
On May 13 torrential rains hit Southeastern Europe triggering flash floods and landslides. The large amount of rainfall that has fallen in eastern Croatian and large part of the central and north Bosnia and Herzegovina caused a sudden rise in water level of rivers, groundwaters and backwaters, exceeding the maximum ever recorded water levels in several cities. In three days the area recorded rainfall equal to three month quantities. In some area water levels rose by 3.5 meters over a period of just 24 hours.