Balkans Flooding Response

Mission in Balkans

May 2014

Here is a video showing our work in the Balkans:

June 06, 2014

GlobalMedic has begun a community rehabilitation program in Bosnia and Herzegovina. While installing six water purification units and distributing 450,000 water purification tablets, GlobalMedic's Rapid Response Team conducted assessment interviews with flood affected families. Flood waters destroyed the kitchens of the majority of people the team spoke to. The kitchen is central to family life in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In response, GlobalMedic is distributing 240 Kitchen Kits to affected families. These kits contain pots and pans, cutlery, cooking utensils, glasses, plates and bowls. These kits will help families rebuild their home lives and return to normalcy after the worst flooding in the Balkans in over 120 years.

June 01, 2014

Here are some photos from our team in the field:

May 27, 2014

Another big day for the team. Grebnice and Domaljevac are two towns devastated by flooding. Local water sources are contaminated, so these locations will be well served by the water purification tablets and Trekker units distributed by GlobalMedic.

Here is a video showing GlobalMedic’s work in Bosnia over the past few days:

May 26, 2014

The team had a full day of distributions today. First, the team installed a Trekker water purification unit in a school that was being used as an evacuation camp for families displaced by flooding. The families here are reliant on donated bottled water. As this supply will soon be ending, the team installed a Trekker and distributed 50,000 Aquatab water purification tablets. The wider affected community will also have access to the Trekker and Aquatabs to receive clean drinking water.

Following this the team moved on to a hospital where the staff and patients were also reliant strictly on bottled water which was in short supply. The team installed one Trekker and distributed 50,000 Aquatabs. These tablets will be given to patients to take back to their homes to ensure they say healthy by drinking clean water.

In the town of Ostra Luka, residents are reliant on wells for water. Many of these wells are very deep, but were still contaminated by flood waters. The team distributed 50,000 Aquatab water purification tablets so these water sources can be purified by residents who have been affected.

May 24, 2014

Today GlobalMedic’s RRT reached Orasje in Bosnia and Herzegovina after driving from Zagreb airport in Croatia. The area has suffered tremendous damage as a result of the flood. The team has transported 6 Trekker water purification units, extra filters and 450,000 water purification tablets into the area. Tomorrow, the team will begin assessments of affected regions.

The team notes a tremendous need for help in this region. When the RRT arrived at the Croatian/Bosnian border, they told the border guard “We’re carrying relief supplies from Canada”. He immediately waved the team through. He had been told the team was coming, and made sure they got through as quickly as possible.

May 23, 2014

Over the past week, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia have been hit by severe flooding which is the result of the heaviest rains in more than 120 years. Over 70,000 people have been evacuated and more than 50 have lost their lives in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia. The death toll is expected to rise as waters recede. As many as 600,000 people may be affected.

Heavy rain which began on May 13 has caused flooding across Serbia, Croatia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina, blocking roads, interrupting electricity and water supply. Thousands of homes are reachable only by boat. The UN has stated that the most pressing needs are: clean drinking water, food, tents, and medical supplies.

Areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina are now facing numerous landslides. The government says about a quarter of the country, or 1 million people, have been affected by the flooding and landslides.

GlobalMedic is sending members of its Rapid Response Team to assist families affected by the flooding. The team will transport emergency water purification units into the affected areas. This team will assess what further assistance is needed.

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Mission in Balkans

May 2014

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