Catastrophic Floods in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia


Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia have both declared states of emergency following what BBC calls “worst ever” floods in this region. The heaviest rain and worst floods since records began 120 years ago already took three lives, and entire towns – such as Doboj, Maglaj, Sabac, Obrenovac – are under water. Thousands of Bosnians and Serbians are displaced from their homes, while others are trapped in buildings without access to drinking water, food, medicine, or power.

A number of NGOs and humanitarian organizations are doing wonderful work to aleviate some of the hardships that continue with the steady rainfall. With local partners in both Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, Save the Children’s North West Balkans office ( is uniquely positioned to provide humanitarian assistance to both affected countries, with special attention paid to their youngest population in need.

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Other organizations accepting flood-relief donations or providing information (for donation information, look for “za uplate iz inozemstva” or similar):

Red Cross Federation of BH (in Bosnian)

Red Cross Republika Srpska (in Bosnian)

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (in English)

List of local organizations accepting donations of clothing and supplies — source: Buka (also photo credit)

DC Media Group Facebook page

Croatian Red Cross (in English)

New England Friends of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Hashtags: #BosniaFloods, #SerbiaFloods, #CroatiaFloods, #Poplave2014

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