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Historic Flooding In Serbia - Emergency Help Needed

Updated on February 7, 2016

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.

Please Help - Floodrelief@gov.rs

Please donate to Serbia! The account belongs to the Serbian diplomatic mission in Brussels, and donations are automatically transferred to the special Serbian government account for flood relief.
Please donate to Serbia! The account belongs to the Serbian diplomatic mission in Brussels, and donations are automatically transferred to the special Serbian government account for flood relief.

Floods In Serbia From Helicopter

Flooded Houses and Streets

2014 floods in Serbia
2014 floods in Serbia | Source

Flooded Promenade in Belgrade

 Belgrade being flooded by the Sava River. The scene is seen from Old Sava Bridge
Belgrade being flooded by the Sava River. The scene is seen from Old Sava Bridge | Source

Landslide after floods

2014 floods in Serbia, Krupanj
2014 floods in Serbia, Krupanj | Source

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

The River is About to Destroy the Bridge

Floods in western Serbia, May 2014
Floods in western Serbia, May 2014 | Source

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, Serbia

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Military evacuate citizens in Obrenovac, SerbiaSoldier rescues a child in Obrenovac, SerbiaMilitary trucks are helping in the evacuation in Obrenovac, SerbiaPuppy run from the disaster in Obrenovac, Serbia
Military evacuate citizens in Obrenovac, Serbia
Military evacuate citizens in Obrenovac, Serbia | Source
Soldier rescues a child in Obrenovac, Serbia
Soldier rescues a child in Obrenovac, Serbia | Source
Military trucks are helping in the evacuation in Obrenovac, Serbia
Military trucks are helping in the evacuation in Obrenovac, Serbia | Source
Puppy run from the disaster in Obrenovac, Serbia
Puppy run from the disaster in Obrenovac, Serbia | Source

Devastating Power of Water

Floods in Krupanj - May 2014
Floods in Krupanj - May 2014 | Source

Many People Have Lost Their Homes

2014 floods in Serbia, Krupanj
2014 floods in Serbia, Krupanj | Source

Three of the Six Former Yugoslav Republics Were Affected by Floods

 Map of the affected Balkan regions
Map of the affected Balkan regions | Source

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

Pope Francis prays for flood victims in the Balkans
Pope Francis prays for flood victims in the Balkans | Source

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Serbia Needs Your Help

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My Appeal!!!

Dear Friends,

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.

HELP SERBIA!!!

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Serbia Needs Your Help

You can donate to the following accounts
You can donate to the following accounts

American Red Cross

Red Cross Disaster Relief
Red Cross Disaster Relief | Source

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you Little Mermaid for your comment and support. You are in a great community of HubPages, and I'm sure that members of HubPages understood the dimensions of the disaster that has hit Serbia. I got the support, understanding and compassion here, specially from the HubPages stuff Christy Kirwan and Marina Lazarevic. Thanks again and I wish you all the best in the further work!

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      Little Mermaid 3 years ago

      Thanks for posting this great hub. The story is not so great, but it is realistic and unfortunately tragic. I am also Serbian so I know how difficult is all this for everyone here. In these hard times it's important that the rest of the world hears about this weather disaster. I really appreciate your effort. Thumbs up! (y)

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you very much for your help. I've already added a link of the Red Cross organisation at the hub.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Hi dis-cover here is the link to the Red Cross site that is providing information and how people can help and donate to this cause. http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Ass...

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      Thank you for your kind comment Ms Olgica. Thanks to Macedonia for help!!!!

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      Olgica Makedonija 3 years ago

      Zadivljeni smo Vasom idejom da potstaknete ljude dobre volje, da pomognu ljudima u nevolji koje je zadesila velika poplava i unistila sve ono sto su svojim radom stekli do sada.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @swilliams Thank you very much. What are you doing is very important for the Serbian people. Wish you all the best. God bless you my friend.

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      Emunah La Paz 3 years ago from Arizona

      Dear dis-cover, this sad event is troubling to hear of, I am praying for the restoration Serbia. I have tweeted your request out. I volunteer for the Red Cross and I have noticed that they have put together an outreach site. I will post your information through my outlets. Stay faithful.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @travmaj Thank you for your compassion. This is a terrible disaster. Pictures can not transfer the horror that is taking place here.

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      travmaj 3 years ago from australia

      Oh, how very sad this is. We have seen some footage on TV but not the real extent of the disaster. Heartbreaking for families, for children and animals all defenceless against this disaster. Thoughts are with you and all in Serbia -

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @grand old lady I apologize for the delayed response. I spent three nights with the volunteers building the levees to protect Belgrade. I hope that everything will be all right. Thank you for your support and nice words MsDora.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @MsDora Thank you for your compassion. I'm still not secure. The shock wave of the flood arrives in Belgrade tomorrow. I pray that everything just be right.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @DDE Thank you Devika. Help comes from all over the world. Help and support are coming also from Croatia.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @FlourishAnyway Thank you for your support and God bless you.

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      Nikolic Predrag 3 years ago from Serbia, Belgrade

      @billybuc Thank you Bill my friend.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 3 years ago from Philippines

      This is so sad. The climate change is really wreaking devastation on so many people and my prayers are with Serbia. I am amazed, however, at how countries formerly at war like Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina are helping each other and have come together during this natural disaster. Mankind is an amazing species. I hope that you receive all the help you need, and that Serbia emerges stronger and more prosperous despite this awful flood which, as you say, is the worst in history.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 years ago from The Caribbean

      What a sad state of affairs! Heartbreaking too. Happy for you that you are not in the direct path of the flood. I pray that relief might come in abundance for the survivors. So sorry for the losses!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      It so sad to such cases and the photos here are heartbreaking for the people and pets and other animals. I hope this time passes with lots of help.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      How very devastating. I pray for the wellbeing of you and you county men, women, and creatures.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      We are aware of the flooding of course, but news stories do not come close to capturing the devastation of a disaster like this. Bless you all, my friend.