Latest News from Bosnia and Herzegovina

Heavy Storm Shocks Skopje Residents

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.

Nikolic delivers aid to help endangered Ljubovija

LJUBOVIJA - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic delivered humanitarian aid to endangered residents of the municipality of Ljubovija in western Serbia, where the situation is very bad after the recent heavy flooding, on Friday.

Bosnia Sets Timetable to Draw up Flood Damage Bill

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

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

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.

Serbian president asks for France's backing

PARIS, May 22 (Tanjug) - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic appealed to his French counterpart Francois Hollande on Thursday for France's backing for the holding of an international donor conference for Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia after the catastrophic floods.

Actress Angelina Jolie Donates USD 50,000 for Balkan Flood Relief

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has made a USD 50,000 donation to the Red Cross flood relief efforts in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia.

The floods in the Western Balkans have claimed dozens of lives and damaged thousands of homes over the past week. The damages are yet to be calculated.

Croatia sets aside funds for neighboring countries

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.

Greeks send aid to flood victims in neighboring Serbia

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.

Bulgarian Govt. Approves BGN 132,000 for Humanitarian Aid

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.

Djokovic reiterates aid appeal

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.

Dead cattle from RS to be destroyed in Serbia

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.

Bosnian Embassy in Sofia to Collect Donations for Flooded Regions

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.

RCC donates funds for Serbian, Bosnian flood victims

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.