In Bosnia and Herzegovina, about 950,000 people have been displaced by the heaviest rain and worst floods since records began 120 years ago. Continuous rainfall started on May 13, and flooding forced evacuations that intensified throughout the weekend of May 17 and 18.
Overflowing rivers burst into towns and villages and cut them off from contact; landslides buried houses. Thousands of other homes are without electricity, and the risk of disease is high. Many of the people affected also have lived through earlier displacement during the civil war.
Currently MCC is working with two partners in Bosnia and Herzegovina and one in Serbia to determine the response to psychosocial and humanitarian needs (e.g. food, water, non-food items). In addition, MCC is moving up the schedule for planned shipments of material resources, including relief kits, hygiene kits and blankets, to meet urgent needs. Both governments have called for international assistance.
MCC is accepting funds to support this effort and future disaster responses. People may give online, call 1-888-563-4676 or send their donations to MCC U.S., 21 South 12th Street, Akron, PA 17501, specifying “Balkans flooding.”