Latest News from Croatia

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.

UNWTO calls on tourists to visit Serbia, BiH, Croatia

BELGRADE - Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), has called on tourists to continue to visit destinations and establishments still in operation in Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH) and Croatia as this can help to speed up rebuilding efforts.

Serbia Battles to Save Power Plant From Floods

Workers of the Nikola Tesla A power plant have gathered with volunteers and colleagues from the state power giant EPS in Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, to build an additional bulwark around the plant and protect it from potential flooding.

"We are not tired and we will work as long as necessary," one of the workers said.

Humanitarian aid arrives from Sweden

BELGRADE - Humanitarian aid including three tons of canned food, water, and clothes arrived at Belgrade's Nikola Tesla Airport from the Kingdom of Sweden for the flood-affected citizens in Serbia.

Corruption Hampers Bulgaria's Economic Growth – IMF

Economic growth in Greece, Bulgaria, Romania and Hungary are hampered by corruption, according to Aasim Husain, Deputy Director in the European Department of the IMF.

Scale of disaster ten times greater than in region - PM

Scale of disaster ten times greater than in region - PM

BELGRADE -- The scale of the disaster caused by the floods is ten times larger in Serbia than in other countries of the region, Tanjug quoted Aleksandar Vučić as saying.

Speaking on Tuesday, he also "expressed hope that this will not be reflected by the number of casualties."

Floods in Eastern Croatia Force Thousands to Flee

While Serbia and Bosnia are at the epicentre of the worst floods in the Balkans in over a century, neighbouring Croatia has not been left unscathed, especially in the east, near the Serbian border.

The worst affected areas are Slavonski Šamac and Županja in Croatia’s eastern Vukovar-Syrmia County.

Government declares three-day mourning

BELGRADE - The Serbian government on Tuesday declared a three-day period of mourning for May 21-23 for the many victims of the catastrophic floods in Serbia.

Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that the state of emergency declared across the country could end on Friday.

Svilanovic: Help from EU to arrive in several stages

BRUSSELS - Serbia can count on European Union’s assistance in several stages and based on several grounds, Secretary General of the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC) Goran Svilanovic said Monday.

Toughest situation on Sava River,in Sabac,Sremska Mitrovica

BELGRADE - The most difficult situation is on the Sava River, primarily in Sremska Mitrovica and Sabac, where water levels are far above the previous record of 5.9 m, and where the situation will remain critical for at least seven days, Director of the Srbijavode public company Goran Puzovic said on Monday.

8,500 people being evacuated from villages near Sava River

BELGRADE - General Ljubisa Dikovic, commander of the Serbian Armed Forces General Staff and head of the emergency headquarters in Sabac, ordered an evacuation of around 8,500 people from several villages near the Sava River, upstream and downstream from Sabac, for preventative reasons, Chief of the Emergency Situations Sector Predrag Maric said on Monday.

Building of flood barriers stepped up along River Sava

SID - Efforts to build flood barriers have been stepped up in the villages of the municipality of Sid - where the River Sava enters Serbia - with the river now overflowing after barriers in Croatia caved in.

25,000 Evacuated in Serbian Floods

Serbia's Ministry of Interior says it has evacuated 25,070 people in the areas most threatened by flooding.

In the town of Obrenovac, near the capital Belgrade, 7,800 people have been evacuated, Tanjug agency reported. The town has been almost completely flooded after heavy rains poured over the past days.