Prime Minister Dodik Pledges $1.5 Million to Flood Relief Efforts in Republika Srpska

Jun 24, 2010, 20:59 ET from Gordan Milosevic, Government of the Republika Srpska

BANJA LUKA, Bosnia and Herzegovina, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Prime Minister of the Republika Srpska (RS), Bosnia and Herzegovina's Serb entity, pledged on Tuesday to devote $1.5 million in support of relief efforts following extensive flooding throughout the entity.  The announcement was made during Prime Minister Milorad Dodik's visit to the town of Janja, whose 12,000 residents have been displaced by a complete flooding of the town and surrounding cropland.  

Janja is in the municipality of Bijeljina, one of a dozen areas in which there is a declared state of emergency.  It is currently estimated that there are nearly 4,000 homes in the RS affected by the flood.  Many of the main roadways have also been engulfed by rising river waters, making it difficult to reach several of these areas.

However, the RS government has responded quickly by evacuating citizens in the most severely affected areas and delivering food and water by boat in many other areas.  Prime Minister Dodik pointed out that many challenges lie ahead.  In addition to the longer-term tasks of distributing supplies and restoring communities, a major concern right now is disease prevention.  "We are particularly focused on getting organized so that as water recedes, health services can inspect the area to prevent any possible outbreak," Dodik said.

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SOURCE Gordan Milosevic, Government of the Republika Srpska