We Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program…Epic floods in Serbia and Bosnia

I am south-east Serbia, so I am not affected, but so many are. Entire towns and regions are devastated. Photo credit: https://twitter.com/Balkanist/status/467753725587886080

I don’t know if you have heard, but there are tens of thousands of people evacuated from their towns. One report I read stated that 15,475 people were evacuated.

 

Please pray for Serbia and Bosnia. Photo Credit: Saska Bogeski

I know that some people are having some flooding on the east coast, but it is not the same at all. This is the worst flooding Serbia has seen in 120 years.  Many have died and many are missing. The PM is not releasing numbers until it is all over, and I think that is wise.

Some in the town of  Loznica are stranded and are awaiting help. They are without power, water, and medicine. A rescue attempt was made but failed.

Photo credit

Sabac, a town in western Serbia was saved by 10,000 volunteers who showed up to build a levy that would keep out flood waters. If the levy broke, the waters would have risen to the third floor of the buildings.

Photo credit: Dragan Djedovic

Flooding has created mudslides. Rushing waters have hit cement homes, and those homes have crumbled and fell.

Photo Credit: Anonymous Srbija on Facebook

Help for the people is coming from within Serbia. Our town and every other town has collection venues. Cars and trucks are being packed loaded and sent off to lend aid.

Lots more help is coming from other countries. Russia, Montenegro, Slovenia, Austria,  Germany, U.S., France, Slovenia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Austria, Israel, the Czech Republic, and Croatia. 

Like I said, I live in south-east Serbia, we have had lots of rain in the last month. But not such epic proportions. and we are not located on a large river. Just the little Timok River that is now high and muddy. It has stopped most of the work on our farm, but nothing else.

We are lucky, but so many families and animals aren’t.

This is truly a horrible blow to a country that is already having such economic difficulty.

I fear the flooding will have dire effects on the farmers and their crops. That will drive the cost of the food and hurt the people even more. I could cry for the people here. This is devastating.

Please help if you can.

Thank you on behalf of the many in need.

Links for new stories on the floods:

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-15475-people-so-far-evacuated-sabac-secured/

http://www.b92.net/eng/news/politics.php?yyyy=2014&mm=05&dd=16&nav_id=90346

http://inserbia.info/today/2014/05/floods-in-serbia-sabac-loznica-cut-off-lucani-completely-flooded/

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27454669

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12 thoughts on “We Interrupt the Regularly Scheduled Program…Epic floods in Serbia and Bosnia

  1. That’s really awful. I hadn’t heard anything about this. Hopefully the rain will stop soon so that the waters can begin to subside and people can start to rebuild.

    • Thanks for your concern. People are continuing to donate, fund raise and so on. It will take a lot to get back to normal in some places. Crazy days for sure here.

    • Hey Lady, The rain has stopped and repairs and fund raisers are being held all over. People are hosting displaced families…. etc etc. hope you are well and I look forward to hearing about your further adventures!

      • Thanks! I’m fine – enjoying winter again 😉 Glad things are getting back to semi-normality. I’m sure it will be a long time after ‘the news’ has moved on though. Stay safe – and happy! What is it – dobar dan? 🙂

  2. Hi,
    I am so sorry to hear what you’re going through. I run Pink Pangea (www.pinkpangea.com), the community for women travelers. Would you be interested in sharing your experiences in Serbia now on Pink Pangea? If so, please get in touch with me at rachel@pinkpangea.com.
    Wishing you all the best,
    Rachel Sales

  3. I saw this on this TV. When Nature causes damage it takes a long time to recover. The visible solidarity around the victims is moving – proof that the human race still has the age-old reflex to help others when they are in need. Hugs to you xx

    • Hello my friend. Hope you are well. People are helping anyway they can and this kinds of things show what a small world it can be with connections globally. Disasters can bring out the good in people! and help repair wounds of civil wars at least short term.

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