The Disaster: In an area that has seen its fair share of destruction over the last twenty years, the flooding that hit Serbia, Croatia, and Bosnia & Herzegovina was almost biblical. To put the destruction into perspective, best estimates were that 20 percent of these countries’ populations were evacuated during the crisis. The cause for this catastrophe was record-setting rainfall spawned from Cyclone Tamara. It dumped three months worth of rain in three days causing rivers to flood this mostly rural region wiping out crops, livestock, villages, and drowning cities. The flooding waters have been blamed for washing out minefields left over from the Bosnian War as well, displacing an estimated 120,000 mines. Experts predict that the flood damage could rival the wreckage that war visited upon the region from 1992 to 1995.
The State of Recovery: Some agricultural areas may take up to five years to recover and at best estimates are over 100,000 are still displaced. The estimated price tag for recovery is 1.5 billion.
Where to Donate: International Red Cross
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