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‘Terrifying’ Floods Affect 1,000,000 Bosnians

Posted by feww on May 19, 2014

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Deadly floods affect one million, displace 500,000, destroy or damage at least 100,000 homes in Bosnia

The worst floods ever to hit the Balkans have affected more than a million Bosnians, killing dozens of people, forcing more than half million out of their homes,  and destroying or damaging at least 100,000 homes.

Extreme rain events triggered deadly flooding and thousands of landslides, affecting about a third of the country, leaving more than a million people (quarter of the Bosnia’s population) without clean water.

The government has compared the “terrifying” destruction to the   1992-95 war, in which ethnic cleansing forced more than a million people out of their homes.

“We have some indications that a half a million Bosnians have either been evacuated or have left their homes because of flooding or landslides,” said a senior civil defense official in Bosnia.

Official Stats

  • Deadly flooding and landslides have affected large swaths of the Balkans, including about 40% of Bosnia
  • More than one million people have been affected in Bosnia, with no access to clean water.
  • At least  500,00 people have been evacuated or abandoned their homes.
  • Severe flooding and thousands of landslides have devastated vast regions in both Bosnia and Serbia, killing dozens of people, destroying more than  100,000 homes, as well as other buildings, schools, businesses and much of the public infrastructure.
  • States of disaster have been declared for dozens of communities across Croatia as floodwaters submerge vast swaths of the country.
  • At least 30,000 Serbians have been evacuated.
  • Floodwaters threaten additional towns and key power plants in Bosnia and Serbia.
  • Several towns in Serbia, including Krupanj in the Mačva District (population; 5,000) have been almost completely destroyed.
  • Thousands, possibly tens of thousands, of livestock have perished across the flood-stricken regions.

“The consequences of the floods are terrifying. The physical destruction is not less than the destruction caused by the war. During the war, many people lost everything. Today, again they have nothing,” said Bosnia’s Foreign Minister.


Meanwhile, Bosnia’s Center for the Removal of Landmines has renewed its warning concerning mines laid during the 1992-95. They fear that an estimated 750,000 mines could be dislodged by floods and landslides.

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