Officials in Serbia said at least a dozen were killed in Obrenovac, 22 miles southwest of the capital, Belgrade, and five others died elsewhere in the country. Officials in Bosnia put the toll there at 15 dead, nine of them in the northern town of Doboj, where the Bosna River burst its banks. One person was reported dead in Croatia. Officials in all three nations said they expected the death toll to rise.
is facing a horrible catastrophe,” Bakir Izetbegovic, chairman of that
country’s three-member presidency, told reporters while surveying the
damage in the Maglaj, beside the swollen Bosna River. “We are still not
fully aware of the actual dimensions of the catastrophe”, New York Times reported Monday.
At the moment, some 10,000 soldiers, and many thousands of citizens volunteers are taking part in humanitarian activities, collecting aid, fortifying the embankments with sandbags which is no short of heroic efforts to brace for the possible rise in the water level of the Sava river.
At this moment, the key priority for the country is to defend the key power-plants in Obrenovac and Kostolac, while evacuating the people in flooded cities. The rescue efforts are well organized and citizens show an amazing level of solidarity.
This CNN article provides some of the striking photographs showing the grave consequences of the floods as well as the rescue efforts.
Within the United Nations system, except for the immediate relief efforts by UN OCHA, the development aid is expected from the World Bank in the aftermath of the floods.
MUNPlanet headquarters in Belgrade is located away from the Sava river, and is not in danger of flooding. Our staff members have joined the huge community efforts in flood disaster relief as volunteers on the rivers and by donating to the cause.
***The Government of Serbia has opened a special account to which you can give donations, via Paypal. Thank you.