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May 21, 2014

JICA to Send Emergency Supplies to Flood-Stricken Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia

JICA will provide emergency supplies to Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as Serbia, in response to damage caused by floods resulted from heavy, continuous rain since around May 12.

Floods caused by the torrential rains in the north and central parts of Bosnia and Herzegovina, and the central and the western parts, as well as the Belgrade area of the Republic of Serbia, resulted in significant human and material damage in the affected areas, including 43 people killed and approximately 37,000 affected.

According to the governments of the two countries, the victims as of May 18 in Bosnia and Herzegovina include 27 people killed and 13,000 evacuated. The flood also caused 15 homes to totally collapse. In the Republic of Serbia, the victims include 16 people killed and 24,352 evacuated, and 2,260 homes were also damaged. In both countries the total amount of damage is still unknown.

In response to requests from the two governments, the Japan International Cooperation Agency will provide emergency supplies.

The supplies to Bosnia and Herzegovina include 25 tents, 500 sleeping pads, four water tanks, four generators with cord reels, and 2,000 blankets with a total value of approximately US$120,000.

The supplies to the Republic of Serbia include 50 tents (for cold-area use), 250 sleeping pads, 10 water tanks and 20 generators with cord reels, with a total value of approximately US$120,000.

Arrangements are being made to send the supplies to Sarajevo and Belgrade by land.

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