Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina
No one was hurt in the 30-minute dramatic storm that overwhelmed Skopje's water collection system and took residents by surprise, police reported late in the evening.
Unlike in neighbouring Serbia and Bosnia, where rivers recently overflowed causing massive floods, the storm in Skopje was short-lived and the River Vardar did not burst its banks.
As the floodwater recedes from Bosnian towns that were submerged over the past eight days, concern is shifting to the threat of contagious diseases and to the cost of repair.
While thousands of homes have been destroyed, many roads and railways are also damaged, as are factories and farms.
Turkey supports donor conference for Bosnia
ANKARA -- Turkey's Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has signed a book of condolences opened at the embassy of Bosnia-Herzegovina in Ankara.
Davutogu did so "on the occasion of the tragic balance of the floods in this, for Turkey, brotherly state," said reports.
Russia sends aid to Serb entity in Bosnia
BANJA LUKA -- A plane carrying humanitarian aid from Russia landed late on Thursday in Banja Luka, in the Serb entity (RS) of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
This was reported by the Nezavisne Novine newspaper.
The Ilyushin Il-76 airlifted some 37 tons of goods intended for the RS areas affected by severe floods.
Croatia sets aside funds for neighboring countries
ZAGREB -- Croatia has decided to send humanitarian aid worth EUR 100,000 to Serbia and Bosnia each, and thus help the neighboring countries cope with the floods.
Foreign Minister Vesna Pusić explained that her ministry has a sum allocated each year for humanitarian aid to those affected by disasters abroad.
The Greek branch of Doctors of the World said on Wednesday that the first shipping container of humanitarian aid for Serbian flood victims collected from donations is due to arrive in the Balkan country on Thursday.
The shipment contains medicines, food and clothes that will be handed over at a hospital in the town of Smederevska Palanka.
Bulgaria's humanitarian assistance to flood-hit Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina will amount to BGN 132,000.
The funds have been approved by the government through the budget of the Ministry of Interior for Official Development Assistance.
The humanitarian aid will be granted in the form of tents, blankets, clothes, beds, mineral water, and other vital items.
MONTE CARLO - Serbia's top-ranking male tennis player Novak Djokovic has taken part in the traditional football match in Monte Carlo, a charity event for children around the world that involves sport stars and Formula 1 drivers.
He reiterated his appeal for aid for Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Croatia, which have been hit by unprecedented floods.
BELGRADE - Cattle killed in devastating floods in Republika Srpska (RS) over the past few days will be destroyed in Serbia, and Serbian Ministry of Agriculture Veterinary Inspectorate chief Sanja Celebicanin has said that the cattle corpses will be brought to Serbia under specially controlled conditions.
The embassy of Bosnia and Herzegovina to Bulgaria will be collecting donations on Wednesday for the regions hit by the devastating floods.
Donations can be made at the Bosnian embassy on Alexander Zhendov Street No.1 in Sofia. Bottled mineral water, canned food, blankets, diapers, and baby foods are among the most needed items.
SARAJEVO - The Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) has made two EUR 80,000 donations for flood victims in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina, respectively.
The funds were donated on Monday to assist rescue and rebuilding efforts and help the countries recover from the disaster.