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.

EU financing rehabilitation of Health Centre in Maglaj

Financed by the Floods Recovery Programme of the European Union, fast-paced construction works to rehabilitate the Centre are underway with the aim to enable the citizens of Maglaj to access their health care services...

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EU Floods Recovery Programme in action: Doboj high school students can continue their education

The Centre was heavily damaged in the devastating floods in May this year, and rehabilitated through the EU Floods Recovery Programme.The total E...

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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 Bijeljina, Šamac, Doboj, Maglaj, Orašje, Odžak, Brčko District and Domaljevac...

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EU to restore heating system for students in Janja after floods

The rehabilitation of the primary and secondary schools in Janja damaged by the floods in May and August 2014 is in full swing thanks to EU assis...

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Thanks to EU assistance, children in Doboj start their school year in reconstructed ‘Majke Jugović’ kindergarten

This kindergarten was heavily damaged in devastating floods in May this year, and now reconstructed as a part of the EU ...

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Children’s laughter returns to repaired kindergarten in Doboj after floods

The kindergarten rehabilitation works were completed a week ahead of the original schedule. The completion of EU-financed works of the second kin...

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