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Disaster Relief Begins After Balkans Flooding

Media outlets report on the response to recent flooding in the Balkans.

Associated Press: Recovery from Balkans floods will take billions
“Floodwaters receded Wednesday in Bosnia and Serbia, just enough to reveal the next shock: recovery from the historic flood will cost billions of euros that neither of the countries has. … Both countries say they will need international help, and international experts will be touring the devastated areas as soon as the water goes down, to estimate the damage…” (Cerkez/Gec, 5/21).

Associated Press: Tons of drowned livestock a new Balkan threat
“A new calamity emerged Tuesday in the flood-hit Balkans as rescue workers battled overflowing rivers — and were confronted by wastelands of drowned livestock…” (Emric, 5/20).

Bloomberg News: Foreign Aid Arrives as Serbia, Bosnia Struggle With Floods
“International aid from the Baltics to the Bosporus began flowing to Serbia and Bosnia after the worst flooding on record swamped towns and farms, leaving 37 dead and thousands homeless…” (Filipovic, 5/19).

U.N. News Centre: Ban expresses concern for flood-hit Balkans as U.N. scales up disaster response
“As the United Nations and its humanitarian partners ramp up disaster response in the Balkans, where heavy rains have led to massive floods and devastating mudslides, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern for affected populations in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia desperate for fresh water, medicines, and other basic necessities…” (5/20).