Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Sends Aid To Flood Victims - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Sends Aid To Flood Victims

Published May 21, 2014

Nanna Árnadóttir
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Natsha Nandabhiwat

Iceland’s Foreign Ministry plans to send 3 million ISK in emergency aid to Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, reports RÚV

In a statement from the ministry, Foreign Minister Gunnar Bragi Sveinsson wrote that his thoughts were with the many who had suffered or lost loved one’s in the floods. 

This is the worst case of flooding in the Balkans in 120 years. Roughly 40% of Bosnia and Herzegovina is under water and 15% of Serbia. The floods have lead to three dozen deaths – though it is still hard to obtain an accurate death toll- and displaced more than 100.000 people. 

“There are over a million people without potable water,” Gunnar Bragi wrote.”And people are living in shelters and temporary housing.” 

The money will go directly to the Red Cross’ relief efforts in the Balkans.

On Monday the Grapevine reported that a group of Icelandic Serbs had begun to collect money for flood victims. According to their Facebook page they have now collected more than 2.5 million ISK.

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