EU Floods Recovery Programme

In the third week of May 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina experienced its severest floods in the last 120 years. Huge amounts of rainfall of 250 to 300 meters per square meter caused sudden and extreme flooding of several rivers – the Bosna, Drina, Una, Sava, Sana, Vrbas – and their tributaries, as well as landslides. Urban, industrial and rural areas were completely submerged under water, cut off without electricity or communications and roads and transport facilities were damaged. A vast number of houses were destroyed damaged or left underwater, leading to a significant number of displaced households. In sum, the total economic impact of the disaster is estimated to have reached 2.04 Billion EUR or 15% of BiH’s GDP in 2014.

The EU responded immediately by activating the EU Civil Protection Mechanism and 23 Member States mounted relief assistance in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Following the disaster, the European Commission organized and hosted the Donors’ Conference ‘Rebuilding Together’ in order to mobilise support and to collect pledges from donors for the country’s recovery.

On 15 August the European Union launched its EU Floods Recovery Programme for Bosnia and Herzegovina worth 43.52 million Euro, out of which the EU’s contribution is 42.24 million Euro. The Programme aims to rehabilitate 4,000 dwellings for approximately 14,000 people, 100 local roads and bridges, 90 educational institutions (including pre-school facilities), 10 water and sanitation facilities, three municipality buildings, four Centres for social welfare, and four healthcare facilities. The EU Flood Recovery programme is aligned with the Recovery Needs Assessment, which was conducted by domestic authorities with assistance provided by the European Union, the United Nations and the World Bank. The Programme is being implemented through the United Nations Development Programme in Bosnia and Herzegovina (UNDP), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) until February 2016.

Rehabilitation of 111 housing units completed under EU Floods Recovery Programme; selection of further beneficiaries under way

The completion of 111 housing units rehabilitated through the emergency housing assistance component of the EU Floods Re...

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Public call for flood recovery assistance aimed at reconstruction of flood affected housing units

The assistance will include reconstruction of housing units in the municipalities of Sanski Most, Prijedor, Banja Luka, Laktaši, Tuzla, Živinic...

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Field visit for media facilitated by EU Floods Recovery Programme: Aid reaching those who need it most

Media correspondents from BiH had the opportunity to learn first-hand how the EU-financed housing rehabilitation efforts are progressing and were able to meet the direct beneficiaries of the EU Floods Recovery Programme...

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Thanks to EU assistance rehabilitated Elementary School “19th April” in Derventa reopened

The school suffered severe damage during the floods in June 2010 and in May 2014......

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Deputy Head of EU Delegation to BiH Dr Daviddi opens school in Maglaj reconstructed under EU Floods Recovery Programme

EU-financed restoration works included electricity refitting, new heating system, new sanitary systems, new flooring, jo...

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EU launches post-flood housing rehabilitation in the Alžirac settlement in Šamac

The rehabilitation works on 28 priority dwellings in the Šamac neighbourhood of Alžirac have been launched this week as part of the European Un...

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