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Support to flood victims in the Balkans through the renovation of 3 schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia

In May 2014, torrential rains in the Balkans caused heavy floods in Serbia, Bosnia and Hercegovina which had tragic consequences. River overflew and two thousand landslides were reported that caused enormous damage to private houses, public utility buildings, roads, and the infrastructure in the two countries. Broken sewer pipes and household and landfill waste carried by the flood water polluted vast stretches of usable areas. Landslides posed the greatest threat, causing destruction of buildings, road infrastructure and moving  mines and unexploded ordnance left over from the war.

The flood that affected the Balkan countries has been the biggest natural disaster of its type in Europe in hundreds of years. The damage caused by the floods was enormous: 53 fatalities, 3.1 million people injured (1.6 million in Serbia and 1.5 million in Bosnia), which in the case of Serbia makes up 22% of its whole population, and in the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina – 39%. The reconstruction costs in Serbia alone are estimated to be around one billion euro and several hundred million euro in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Support to flood victims in the Balkans through the renovation of 3 schools in Bosnia and Herzegovina and in Serbia

Under the project, co-financed with funds under the Polish Development Cooperation Programme of the Polish Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PAH rebuilt two schools: in Bosnia and Herzegovina (in Republika Srpska) and in the Republic of Serbia. We have thus ensured access to education for 818 children, and have created jobs for 104 employees of the two schools. Both school buildings are located in towns that were affected by severe flooding. The rebuilding of schools is intended to enable school children to go back to school and resume normal life as soon as possible.

The assistance is the result of on-site identification and consultation with flood victims, local partners, government representatives, other non-governmental organisations, and UN agencies.