From Iceland — Icelandic Serbs Collecting Emergency Aid For Flood Victims

Icelandic Serbs Collecting Emergency Aid For Flood Victims

Published May 21, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
Photo by
Mihailo Jovanovic

A group of Icelandic Serbs have set up an emergency relief fund collecting money for flood victims, reports Vísir

This comes after the worst floods in the Balkans for decades left more than 35 dead and forced tens of thousands of people to flee their homes. Three months worth of rain fell on the region in just a few days, causing rivers to burst their banks and flood people’s homes. 

“Most of my relatives have found shelter,” said Jovana Pavlovic, who moved to Iceland from Serbia as a small child. “But we haven’t reached everyone and it’s really stressful. They are finding people dead in their homes, many have drowned. They still haven’t been able to say how many people have actually died.” 

A number of Serbs living in Iceland met this weekend to organise relief efforts which include selling wares at Kolaportið market at the weekend, an official relief fund and a charity concert. Musician Geir Ólafsson has already agreed to perform. 

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