In pictures - ongoing operations following Balkans floods

The Balkan floods caused significant devastation through Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia and Herzegovina and are still having a significant impact on the thousands of people whose homes have been partly or totally distroyed. Now the process of recovery has started in most parts of the affected regions where people returned to clean their homes of debris and start anew. 

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Many homes still remain underwater near Sama, nearly two weeks after the floods. The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina continues to run shelters and provide food and hygiene supplies to people who have been unable to return to their homes. Nicole Robicheau/IFRC


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Red Cross of Serbia volunteers help authorities evacuate people in the city of Valjevo as Kolubara river broke through the defence in several places. Red Cross of Serbia


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The damaged bridge in Krupanj, Serbia. The worse natural catastrophe that has ever hit the country cut off many local roads and destroyed many bridges across the country.
Nemanja Jovanovic/ Kamerades 


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Mirnesa Medzic, 39, (center) from Topcic Polje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, where many houses were completely destroyed by landslides, says that their house turned into mud. “What we lived through is like the end of the world.” Andreea Anca/IFRC


The floods, which caused such devastation in Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina are still having a significant impact on thousands of people whose homes were inunated after rivers across both countries burst their banks.

The Belgrade Pioneer Hall became the temporary shelter of evacuees from Obrenovac. The shelters for evacuees have been run by the Red Cross of Serbia. Nemanja Pancic/ Kamerades


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A Czech Red Cross truck arrives in the outskirts of Sarajevo with food aid and much needed hygienic items. Andreea Anca/IFRC


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The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina volunteer holds hands with 79-year-old Anda Pilic, who says that she has the urge to get in a boat and see her flooded home in Krepsic. Anda lost her previous home in the 1990’s Balkan war. The Red Cross provides her and more than the 150 other people who live temporarily in the centre with the necessary clothes and meals. Andreea Anca/IFRC


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The Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina volunteers in Brcko organize hygienic packs received from donations from across the country and Europe for the flood victims.
Andreea Anca/IFRC  


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The Red Cross Society of BiH distributes water and humanitarian aid in Brcko.
Andreea Anca/IFRC


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Debris and mud is all that is left after the flood waters receded in Doboj. Water levels rose above three meters in some parts of the city. In Bosnia the floods left around 30 dead and devastated homes and infrastructure. Andreea Anca/IFRC


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“This  flat  was all that I had left from my parents and now I have nothing,” says Verica Marti from Maglaj. Andreea Anca/IFRC


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Recovery is well underway in Brcko, BiH and people clean their homes where waters have receded. In this photograph the Turkish Red Crescent Society helps inhabitants drain the water from their houses using special equipment brought from Turkey. Andreea Anca/IFRC