Balkans Floods: EU already thinking about post-emergency aid

Georgieva, homelessness problem, polluted water and mines

19 May, 19:33

    (ANSAmed) - BRUSSELS, MAY 19 - At present, EU aids in Serbia and Bosnia are facing flood emergency "to save human lives" but "we're already thinking about what will be necessary in the coming days and weeks", said EU Humanitarian Aid and International Cooperation commissioner, Kristalina Georgieva, after a telephone conversation with Serbia Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic.

    They were 14 EU countries, including Italy, which responded to the request for assistance from the two Balkan countries, sending helicopters, water pumps, boats, tents and material to purify water. On the field, 450 European rescuers are present, in addition to the coordination team relief with local authorities.

    "We have deployed more than initially requested, since the situation has become more and more dramatic", Georgieva explained, pointing out the good weather does not put away new emergencies. "The risk of new floods in Serbia and Bosnia remains high", said the Commissioner, explaining that "one of the serious problems are now homelessness, water pollution and in Bosnia the presence of mines as well".

    "We assess current needs, but we also think about is necessary after the emergency", said Georgieva. Serbia, a country that is an official candidate for EU membership, "may be eligible to apply for aid costs from the European Union Solidarity Fund" after counting assesing damages", concluded the Commissioner. (ANSAmed)
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