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Steinmeier Issues Statement on the Flooding in Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina

May 19th, 2014
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News from Berlin - Serbia and Bosnia & Herzegovina have seen record rainfall over the last week, causing severe flooding and the deaths of more than 20 people. The flooding has further caused the evacuation of more than ten thousand citizens and even more flooding is expected as meteorologists predict that some areas are still at high risk from the flood.

On May 17th Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier issued the following statement on the flooding in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina:

“There is still no end in sight to the catastrophic floods in Serbia and in Bosnia and Herzegovina. More than 20 people have died. Tens of thousands have lost their homes and an equal number are without electricity and supplies. The scale of the disaster is not yet entirely clear.”

Germany has offered assistance to both countries. Experts from the Federal Agency for Technical Relief (THW) have already arrived in Serbia. Further aid measures are being coordinated. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families who have lost relatives as a result of the floods.’

The German Embassy also writes that it its ‘Embassies in Belgrade and Sarajevo are keeping in constant touch with the local authorities. THW experts are coordinating German assistance’.

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