UN agencies deploy 1.5 million USD assistance to flood affected areas

May 20, 2014

First UN assistance delivered by plane

More than 1.5 million US dollars of assistance to flood affected areas has been secured by the UN agencies. The assistance includes food, medicines and hygiene kits, pumps, water tanks and filters, dehumidifiers, power generators, tents and sleeping bags.

“Since the beginning of natural disaster we mobilized all of our resources in country to ensure immediate delivery of supplies and assistance. UN agencies are working closely with the governments at all levels and crisis centres throughout the country to ensure coordinated international community response to the crisis”, Yuri Afanasiev, Resident Coordinator of UN says.

First plane with UN assistance landed yesterday in Tuzla. Emergency kits and water purifiers that will service needs of more than 10,000 people are currently being distributed to the municipalities in the north east of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

UN has secured two more air shipments of food and humanitarian and emergency kits by the end of this week. Besides providing immediate assistance to flood-hit areas, the United Nations in Bosnia and Herzegovina were asked to assist with foreign assistance coordination, aiming to insure effective and quick resource mobilisation.

“Following the immediate humanitarian response, we will focus on recovery and restoring livelihoods. Repairing access roads, cleaning up the debris including demining and addressing the health hazard will be a challenging task. This week mobile teams consisting of representatives of the UN, WB, EU and the US will visit flood-affected communities to conduct the needs assessment”, Afanasiev says.

The UN agencies remain dedicated to helping the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina in this time of need.