Around 5,000 objects under water, 3,000 persons evacuated
06. December 2010. | 06:58
Source: Emg.rs, Tanjug, Beta, Infobiro.tv
Ivica Dacic stated on Sunday that in areas flooded by rivers Drina and Sava around 5,000 objects are under water, and approximately 3,000 persons were evacuated, while the damages, which is yet to be estimated, is indubitably huge. During the day on Monday water levels downstream from Sabac will be rising for the next three days, and after slight rise levels upstream should stagnate.
Water is withdrawing from the flooded regions of Ljubovija and Loznica, and the flood wave is now heading towards Sabac, where relatively sparsely populated areas will be in danger, but not the town itself, Interior Ministry's emergency department chief Predrag Maric said on Dec. 5.
"Water is withdrawing from the municipalities of Ljubovija and Loznica, but the area needs to be drained," Maric told BETA. He and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic visited Loznica and Ljubovija which were stricken by a flood wave from the Drina River.
Maric also said that the Lim River had returned to its riverbed, adding that a bridge in Brodarevo, which was damaged in the floods, would need repairs. He added that the citizens of Prijepolje and Brodarevo had assisted emergency workers.
"Civil protection and Red Cross teams are in the field," Maric said.
Serbian Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister Ivica Dacic stated on Sunday that in areas flooded by rivers Drina and Sava around 5,000 objects are under water, and approximately 3,000 persons were evacuated, while the damages, which is yet to be estimated, is indubitably huge. Level of Sava river is rising, Drina is withdrawing.
“Real danger has passed, but due to the situation in the region, emergency services will have to stand by”, Dacic said after visiting areas endangered by floods in municipalities Loznica, Zvornik and Ljubovija.
Dacic pointed out that more than 100 members of Ministry of Interior (MUP) Sector for Emergency Situations, with members of police and army and other relevant institutions, are working of mending the consequences of floods.
Pointing out the most important thing is that there were no victims, minister of interior said that MUP Sector for Emergency Situations members did their best to try and prevent serious damages to assets.
Dacic said that Sava river flood wave’s peak, expected Sunday night in Sabac, will not cause damage to Belgrade.
He said that his Montenegrin counterpart informed him that 11 municipalities in Montenegro are flooded. That was caused by raising of the Skadar lake level, to which the water isflowing from Albania, and that further reflects on rivers in Serbia and Bosnia.
“For that reason, we have be on alert”, Dacic pointed out.
Sava river level close to Sremska Mitrovica, Jamena and Sabac are above the limit of emergency flood defence, water level upstream from Sabac are in moderate increase, downstream in slight increase, according to Republic Hydro-meteorological Institute of Serbia data.
During the day on Monday water levels downstream from Sabac will be rising for the next three days, and after slight rise levels upstream should stagnate.
In Drina catchment area levels are dropping since Saturday. Juzna Morava catchment area and Timok level are rising, with indication of dropping on Monday.
Serbian MUP offers assistance to neighbours, Israel
Interior Minister Ivica Dacic stated that MUP offered assistance in fight against floods to Montenegro and BiH, as well as to Israel where big fires are blazing.
Dacic emphasized that consequences of floods are more severe in Montenegro and BiH and that aid was offered to our neighbouring countries in personnel and machinery. He also said that MUP is ready, along with friends from Russia, to send an airplane and people to assist in extinguishing fires in Israel.
He underscored the importance of cooperation among stated in emergency situations, such as earthquakes, floods, fires.