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Flooding in the Balkans

On 19 May 2014, volunteers from the non-profit crowdsource mapping group MapAction were deployed to Belgrade in response to the severe flooding in Serbia and the Balkans.

In what is being hailed as the worst flood in 120 years reports have indicated that four months worth of rain has fallen in a single day. The flooding caused by excess rain combined with landslides and damage to infrastructure is estimated to have affected over 50,000 people.

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism and other disaster management agencies have been activated in response to the widespread... read more

Publishing Date: 22/05/2014
international charter activated due to floods in Serbia

The International Charter Space and Major Disasters was activated on 21 May due to the ongoing flood events in Serbia. The activation was requested by the Russian Space Agency ROSCOSMOS and by our Regional Support Office in Russia - the Russian Agency for Support and Coordination of Russian Participation in International Humanitarian Operations (EMERCOM).

Heavy rain fall during three days, from 14 to 16 May 2014, caused the worst flooding event in the area in over a century. Authorities reported 17 people were killed and over 25,000 were evacuated.

The torrential rainfall caused rivers to burst their banks and to flood nearby areas, causing damages to infrastructure, homes and agricultural fields. Nikola Tesla power plant, the key power provider for Serbia, was also flooded.

As UN-SPIDER reported, the EU Copernicus... read more

Publishing Date: 22/05/2014
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Extent of floods near Jagodina, Serbia on 15 May 2014

The Emergency Mapping Service of the European Union's Copernicus programme was activated to provide satellite-based maps of the severe floods in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Serbia.

The service produced four maps for Croatia, 18 maps for Bosnia and Herzegovina, and 20 maps of Serbia.

NASA's Earth Observatory has also published... read more

Publishing Date: 20/05/2014

Disaster

An earthquake jolted central Serbia in the early hours of 3 November, killing an elderly couple in the town of Kraljevo and injuring 100 people. The first quick estimations suggest that more than 1 million euros worth of damage has been caused, and 100 houses made uninhabitable.

Source: GLIDEnumber

Image captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite on 18 May 2014

In mid-May 2014, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia experienced the worst flood in over 120 years. The extreme floods had been caused by heavy rainfall during three days, from 14 to 16 May 2014. In Bosnia, one third of the country was flooded affecting over one million people. According to BBC, officials stated that more than a quarter of the population has no access to clean water. In Serbia, tens of thousands of people had to be evacuated from their homes. Losses are being estimated to amount to a billion Euros.

Various international mechanisms and other agencies have provided satellite-based information and maps to support the flood responders:

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