Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina
PM: Fewer flood victims than first thought
BELGRADE -- Serbia has been affected by "millennial waters" PM Aleksandar Vučić said on Sunday as he chaired an emergency HQ set up to deal with the catastrophic floods.
The sad fact that there has been "a spillover" of rivers upstream in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina has given Serbia more time, according to him.
Pope calls on faithful to pray for flood victims
ROME -- Roman Catholic Pope Francis has called on the worshipers gathered at St. Peter's Square in Rome to join him in prayer for the flood victims in the Balkans.
Mentioning the floods in the region during his weekly address, he also told the the families of the victims that they had his support.
BELGRADE - Serbia's Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said on Sunday that the situation in Serbia was somewhat better, but that the threat from floods would remain over the next two days, mostly along the river Sava.
"The end is not close, but we have more hope today than we had yesterday," he said at a meeting of the national headquarters for emergencies.
Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina have reported a death toll of at least 20 in the worst floods in the region in more than a century.
Serbia's Interior Ministry confirmed there had been at least 15 deaths in Serbia and another five in neighboring Bosnia-Herzegovina but unconfirmed reports put the numbers even higher, at over 30.
Addressing the UN Security Council on May 15 in New York, the High Representative to Bosnia, Valentin Inzko, said this year had been a year of learning from mistakes made earlier.
Macedonia helps Serbia and Bosnia
SKOPJE -- The Macedonian government decided to send 75 special unit members as assistance to flood-hit Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The team is made up of members of the ministries of Interior and defense, and the Protection and Rescue Directorate.
Landslides around Sarajevo and Tuzla caused by torrential rain have destroyed dozens of homes, while other towns remain flooded, leaving people in need of help with food and water.
Several persons were reported injured when a landslide near Sarajevo destroyed eight houses. Dozens of landslides have occurred in areas round the capital.