Serbia and Bosnia floods - how to help


Novi Sad, Serbia, May 17th, 2014: Mediterranean cyclone Yvette (also named Tamara in Serbia) has hit the region of western Balkans in the past couple of days, starting on May 13th 2014 and bringing devastation of biblical proportions to Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, and making those two countries declare state of emergency. Since the centre of the cyclone has moved northwest, parts of Croatia have also been affected, and strong winds and rainfall have reached as far west as Slovenia, and Hungary to the north.


Floods that have unleashed upon Serbia and Bosnia are the worst recorded in the 120 years history of measurements. Number of people striken by this tragedy is enormous. Practically everyone is affected - people are either in the flooded areas, or are helping those in the flooded areas. The disaster has triggered international reaction, with Russia being first to send aid in staff and equipment, and with more European countries to follow.

How the story unfolded

The reason for such a huge amount of precipitation was that the center of the cyclone, reaching hundreds of kilometers in its diameter, was circling for days over Serbia and Bosnia, causing not only heavy rain, but also temperature drop and snowfall of up to 30cm in the mountains of southern Serbia.

The peak of flood wave has not yet reached all of the cities on its way. Currently, the capital Belgrade is expecting the highest water level on river Sava, even though parts of the city have been flooded for days. Volunteers are piling sand bags to try to protect levees from water breaking through.

Some smaller towns, such as Obrenovac, have been completely submerged, and rescuers are fighting day and night trying to evacuate people by small boats and helicopters. Some huge powerplants were in danger of getting flooded, which would cause serbian power grid to fall apart. One of the most dangerous situations, the expected flooding of the town of Šabac with the heavy concentration of the chemical industry (an event that would cause heavy pollution downstream of river Sava, thus probably leaving the whole of Belgrade without drinking tap water), has been diminished so far, thanks to the thousands of volunteers that came from entire Serbia and some neighbouring countries, who managed to protect the town during the night between May 16th and 17th. The action was coordinated by the Serbian army.

At the present moment, evacuation is under way in some Belgrade suburbs, and evacuation centers have been set up in a lot of places, ready to accept tens of thousands of evacuees, but they are in desperate need of blankets, baby food, medicines, ... All the hospitals are also working under the state of emergency.

Yes, you can help

The media coverage by the most influential world news networks has been more than a shame, with largest networks such as CNN or BBC not even mentioning what is the worst natural disaster to ever hit the region of western Balkans.

If you want to help people struck by this disaster, you can donate money to Serbian Government or to Serbian Red Cross. Here are the links with payment instructions:



To find out more on the unfolding events, follow hashtag #serbiafloods either on facebook or twitter.

Please share any useful links in the comments. Thank you.



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