Hello to our friends in the region and around the world. We hope wherever you are, you’re safe. Please send any info, photos, or updates to firstname.lastname@example.org, and check back here for more info about the worst floods to have hit Bosnia and Serbia in recorded history.
2:50 AM: What might make some areas more vulnerable to flooding than others?
We know from various media reports that “three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in three days”, and that this is what caused the massive flooding we’ve seen in Bosnia, Serbia, and Croatia. But some areas have been far more affected than others. The flooding of the Kolubara river made the municipality of Obrenovac the most devastated area in Serbia: so far, 12 casualties have been reported, and that number is expected to rise.
But scientists have long warned that the Kolubara basin, which is located in the municipality of Obrenovac, has grown increasingly vulnerable to “frequent and large scale floods” due to human activities. In the 2012 article “Land Use Changes and Environmental Problems Caused by Bank Erosion: A Case Study of the Kolubara River Basin in Serbia“, scientists Slavoljub Dragicevic, Nenad Zivkovic, Mirjana Roksandic, Stanimir Kostadinov, Ivan Novkovic, Radislav Tosic, Milomir Stepic, Marija Dragicevic and Borislava Blagojevic made several serious observations about Obrenovac’s vulnerability to the kind of heavy flooding we’ve seen in recent days [emphasis ours]:
The scientists concluded in 2012: “No one feels responsible that the population in this area is still left to the mercy of torrential river. Numerous calls for helping endangered people and goods were sent to the different addresses, but no one tried to help. Apparently, the problem goes beyond the ‘values’ of a few villages and the state interest (lignite exploitation) has absolute priority, like in the case of … the unique sources of Obrenovac Municipality.”
8:15 PM: The Serbian government says that the Sava river is now at the greatest danger of flooding, and that a new wave is expected to hit the river, which runs through the capital of Belgrade, on Wednesday, May 21. Photo: The Sava river in the Savamala neighborhood of Belgrade taken at around 2 AM this morning by Balkanist.
3:50 PM: If you’re looking for missing friends or relatives in Serbia, a website,nestale.poplave.rs, has been set up to post and share information. 3:15 PM: The floods spread. Gunja, Croatia, a town on the left bank of the Sava river, is now completely underwater. Information from the Croatian Red Cross. Photo from Twitter: @15422R
3:00 PM: We’re back after a late morning, a day spent running around, and very little sleep. A reader from the Dutch organization Stichting Dierenopvang Bosnie, which helps stray dogs in Bosnia, asked us to provide information to our readers who may be interested in donating to rescue animals stranded or otherwise affected by the floods. They have been around for several years, and if you want you can contact them at email@example.com. “We are supporting many volunteers who are trying to rescue as much as possible. If people want to donate, here’s how they can: NL59 INGB 00094 746 94 BIC : INGBNL2A Stichting Dierenopvang Bosnie If possible people can mention Floods, so we know it is meant to support the situation they are currently in! We need to help as much as possible”
Photo from Twitter: @hurricanezippy ”Guy from Serbia saves over 50 dogs”.
4:15 AM: It appears that the town of Janja in Bosnia has also been hit hard by the current flooding. The town is famous for “its river Drina and little river Janja”. Many displaced persons from elsewhere in Bosnia live there. Photo from Twitter: @DraganaMrkaja
Photo from Twitter: @sejlala ”Janja before & after”
3:45 AM: Eyewitness and media reports indicate that Svilajnac, a town and municipality in central Serbia, is “destroyed”. Vojislav Nedeljkovic (@VojaNedeljkovic) tweeted: “there is very little food or water; there are many elderly and sick, babies and hungry children who have nowhere to go.” Svilajnac is situated on the banks of the river Resava, and borders the river Morava. Nedeljkovic also shared a photo:
12:10 AM: Another great and secure way to give is through Save the Children’s Balkan Relief Fund.
11:40 PM: The Serbian chapter of the Red Cross says if you want to know if a particular person is on their official list of evacuees, send their name as a direct message (DM) to the Red Cross Serbia Twitter account: @crvenikrstinfo
11:30 PM: Tomorrow at 21:30, there will be free buses from Budva, Montenegro to Serbia for those who wish to volunteer in the relief effort. Contact number in country is: 068/469-810.
11:10 PM: For our readers who wish to donate money to flood victims, we are recommending the International Red Cross. The organization has offices in both countries, and they’re coordinating relief efforts and distributing aid. Here’s information for Serbia and Bosnia.
10:oo PM: A reader sent us the following info about how to help in Bosnia.
There will be organized working actions tomorrow, and buses will take volunteers to affected areas. Below, there’s a list of places accepting donations for those displaced by the flooding:
Faculty of Philosophy – from 10:00 to 16:00 every day!!! – Center for the Promotion of Civil Society – Gradačačka bb , near Malaysian bridge (every day except Sunday, during the period 9-15 hours) -Rooms FK Sarajevo ( club room ) – Caritas BK BiH ul Mehmed Beg Kapetanovića Ljubusaka 6 , 10-18 and 24/7 contact 063690456 – Shatro caffe – Bushido Karate Club -Faculty of Islamic Studies – Veterinary Medicine – Pomozi.ba ( Aziz Šaćirbegović 48 , near the robot Hrasno and Azići 12 , Ilidza) Every Red Cross office in the country… call and donate: BH Telekom 090 291 032 – 2,00 KM Eronet 092 890 830 – 1,80 KM mtel 1458 – 1 KM What is urgently needed: – Medicines (paracetamol, antiseptics, anti-diarrhea tablets, disinfectants) – Blankets, clothes, rubber boots, shovels … – Canned food, baby food and bottled water – Flashlights, candles – Hygiene products (soaps, disinfectants, dry wash products…) – Can openers