Troops move to rescue people in BiH flooded areas

A senior lady waits for help in her house soaked in water in Banja Luka, capital of Republika Srpska, an entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina on May 16, 2014. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from their homes in Banja Luka overnight as floods overflew roads, bridges and railways, closing down schools, and cutting off power supplies and phone lines. [Xinhua]

The Armed Forces of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Friday rushed to flooded areas with trucks and helicopters to rescue trapped citizens.
Several people were injured in the floods, caused by heavy rain, the worst in over 100 years in the Balkan state.
There were dozens of reported landslides across the country, damaging houses and roads.

In Doboj, pilots managed to transfer a pregnant woman to a hospital, said a spokeswoman of the Ministry of Defense, adding that all resources of the Armed Forces were made available to rescue efforts. Flood, water and medicines were also sent to trapped citizens in flooded towns and villages.
Meanwhile, the European Union Force in BiH (EUFOR) also sent three helicopters to help the rescue and relief efforts, according to Nicola Tschol, a spokesperson for the EUFOR.
Neighboring countries have pledged to provide support to BiH over the floods.


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