Approximately 600 Persons Engaged in Cleaning and Repairing Damages in Flood-Affected Areas

27 Jun 2014

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This week has seen the start of implementation of public works for cleaning under the UN Flood Response Programme, to be coordinated and implemented by UNDP in seven most affected municipalities in BiH, and funded by the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) in the amount of 715,000 USD.

Within this component, the United Nations have engaged about 600 to take part in cleaning and damage repair in Bijeljina, Samac, Doboj, Zepce, Maglaj, Odzak and Orasje, but also a number of other activities related to the recovery programme for these municipalities. In the critical areas of municipalities of Zepce, Bosanski Samac, Doboj and Maglaj, construction companies have also been engaged to work on the ground in restoring road communications.

“600 persons were engaged in public works through the local authorities in cooperation with employment bureaus in the municipalities most affected by floods. Heavy machinery is also operates in the field on cleaning bridge and road communications”, said Edis Arifagic, Program Manager of the UN Response to Floods programme. “Now the focus is  on next 60 days, where we will try to mitigate the effects of the floods and landslides through the various forms of interventions, and respond to the needs of the affected communities.”, added Arifagic.

All persons were previously trained in cooperation with civil protections, relating to possible work-related injuries, clearing of animal waste, and actions to be taken if encountered with mines.

The work is planned to last for 13 working days, except Saturdays and Sundays, and all persons identifiable on the ground by blue shirts, have received the necessary equipment: gloves, boots, protective masks, as well as the equipment required for clearance.