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Historic Flooding In Serbia - Emergency Help Needed
The Worst Natural Disaster in Serbian History
In the last few days Serbia has been affected by the biggest flood in its history. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic says the average rainfall of a three-month period hit the city in just 36 hours. At least 30,000 people have been evacuated and more than 300,000 homes are without electricity. 400 schools are closed. The number of dead is still unknown. Serbian authorities have so far delayed releasing an estimate of the total number of people killed in these tragic events, in order to avoid unnecessary panic. The Prime Minister is "afraid of everything that we will find when the water withdraws," which unfortunately suggests a large number of casualties. Material damage is also huge, but is difficult to estimate now. The economy, especially agriculture, will require a long time to recover from the recent flood destruction. Hundreds of thousands of acres of farmland, including entire animal farms, were destroyed. Animal corpses are floating in the water.
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Floods In Serbia From Helicopter
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Flooded Houses and Streets
Flooded Promenade in Belgrade
Landslide after floods
Evacuation of Flooded Places
As of mid-week, about 30,000 people had been evacuated from the areas affected by flooding. Almost every few hours, Serbian media announced some new point from which people needed to be evacuated. Helicopter footage in the media showed apocalyptic images. Urban areas had been completely flooded, and all you could see was an endless mass of water. Serbian people have shown great solidarity: nearly 5000 Serbians responded to the Prime Minister’s appeal for help evacuating people from flooded areas. As of mid-week, the highest water levels were yet to come, meaning the worst was not yet over.
"People were in a panic, running," an evacuee told CNN affiliate N1 in Belgrade, Serbia. "I left with a kid. I was really happy that we didn't drown."
Some residents were stranded on the roofs of their homes, trapped by rising waters, begging for help. Boats sailed through the flooded streets on a humanitarian mission to rescue them.
Tens of thousands of people are trapped in their homes in cities that do not have electricity and water. Boats are the only means of transportation. Serbian rescue teams, along with special forces from Russia, the countries of the region, and the European Union (EU), try to evacuate as many people as they can. Many people are still trapped, and virtually cut off from the outside world. Their only hope is a lifeboat or helicopter, but these vehicles are scarce.
Serbia Hit By Worst Floods In 120 years - Reuters
CNN Reports On Deadly Flooding Across Serbia
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Thousands are suffering from the deadly flooding across Serbia.
The River is About to Destroy the Bridge
Facts About the May 2014 Flood
- 300,000 homes without electrical supply and drinkable water
- 30,000 people have been evacuated
- 400 schools are closed
- 5000 volunteers
- 2 billion USD expected amount of damage
Areas Affected by Flooding Need Help!
The Serbian government has appealed for help from the European Union, Russia and neighboring countries. Many countries sent specialist teams of rescuers with boats and diving equipment to help with the effort. They are also flying in food that will be quickly distributed to the worst-hit areas.
A French special rescue team came to Serbia to assist in flood relief.
Great help came from the European Union, the United States and the United Arab Emirates.
Also, Ambassador of Greece to Belgrade Konstantinos Ikonomidis announced a special rescue team from Greece.
An airplane with humanitarian aid from the United Nations landed at Belgrade airport.
Help was arriving hourly from neighboring countries: Macedonia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, Italy, Belarus and many others.
Floods in Obrenovac, SerbiaClick thumbnail to view full-size
Devastating Power of Water
Many People Have Lost Their Homes
Three of the Six Former Yugoslav Republics Were Affected by Floods
Writer Paulo Coelho Speaks on Catastrophic Floods in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia
The Flood of the Century Has United Us
Only 13 years ago, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia were in a horrific war that left devastating consequences. Today, all three republics are united in the battle against flooding and are helping each other. Croatia was among the first to help Serbia. Serbia, although hard hit by natural disasters, has sent aid to Bosnia and Herzegovina. This difficult situation has shown how people in these regions are human.
Pope Francis Prays for Flood Victims
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Serbia Needs Your Help
My city of Belgrade is not directly affected by the flood, but there is a real danger. I am very sad, and this situation has very much affected me. I try in every possible way to help Serbia. So I beg all Hubbers and people of good will, if they are able, to help Serbia to rise from the ashes. Please also share the link of the official PayPal account of the Serbian Government. Thank you all. God bless you.
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CATASTROPHIC FLOODS HAVE HIT SERBIA IN THE LAST COUPLE OF DAYS LEAVING THOUSANDS OF CITIZENS WITHOUT HOME, FOOD AND WARM CLOTHES
Worldwide Media About the Floods
- The Guardian - Fatal floods in Serbia and Bosnia force tens of thousands to flee their homes
At least 20 people dead and more bodies could be found after three months' worth of rain falls on Balkans region in three days
- BBC News - Balkan floods: Fears of new surge on Serbia's River Sava
Emergency workers in Serbia are preparing for a "flood wave" on a major river as rising waters threaten the country's biggest power plant.
- CNN.com - Balkans flooding: Concerns landmines could surface in landslides
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Serbia Needs Your Help
American Red Cross
American Red Cross Assists With Relief Efforts
- Red Cross Assists with Relief Efforts in the Balkans
My friend @swilliams RedCross volunteer has provided this link. I thank her on behalf of all citizens of the Republic of Serbia. Red Cross Assists with Relief Efforts. The worst floods in more than a century continue to create havoc in Serbia.