UN Development Chief Calls for support after devastating floods
One the eve of an international donor conference for flood recovery eff orts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark recently visited an aff ected area in Serbia and stressed the need to include disaster resilience in forthcoming recovery and reconstruction eff orts there.
Heavy rainfalls hit Serbia in May causing unprecedented floods which killed 34 people and forced 32,000 people to evacuate their homes. Th e flood also inundated two coal mines, knocking out around 40% of Serbia’s energy supply. Post-disaster needs were valued at 1,345 million EUR, of which 403 million EUR (30 per cent of the total) refer to recovery activities, and 942 million EUR (70 per cent) are reconstruction needs.
Helen Clark, together with the Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Construction, Transport and Infrastructure, Zorana Mihajlović, visited Smederevska Palanka, one of the six municipalities where UNDP is currently implementing a recovery project funded under the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to support relief eff orts in Serbia. Th is project is working to provide safe water to the 240,000 persons in these areas by the end of the month through the cleaning and repair of the sewage system.