Republika Srpska President Milorad Dodik said that the damage done by the flooding in Republika Srpska is estimated at over KM one billion and that the consequences of flooding, which was the worst since Srpska was founded, cannot be dealt with without the assistance of the countries of the region and wider.
“Only thus can the consequences of this unprecedented disaster be meliorated,” said Dodik while touring the inundated refugee community of Dobor near Modrica.
He announced that he will be visiting Russia next Friday to meet with President Vladimir Putin from whom he will seek assistance, which he also expects from the EU.
Dodik said that the authorities will provide all possible assistance, and stressed that the Cabinet must form a special team which will set standards for aid to threatened areas.
The President said that these are Republika Srpska’s worst days since its founding, that it is impossible to reach every household, though he is satisfied by the optimism of the people in flooded areas and the solidarity of those who have not been hit by the flooding.
“The flooding was unexpectedly massive, and it was impossible to shield ourselves from it. Once the waters have receded, the priority will be to repair roads to access homes and remove dead animals and obstacles so that sanitary crews could clear the terrain,” Dodik said.
According to him, not even the Dobor refugee community, which had levees and ditches, could be saved.
Modrica Mayor Mladen Krekic said that over 800 households, 200 of them in Dobor, have been flooded.
He called on volunteers to join in the cleaning of houses so that their residents might return home.
Dodik toured the community of Dobor together with the Minister of Internal Affairs, Radislav Jovicic, the Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dragan Bogdanic, and Modrica Mayor Mladen Krekic.
After visiting Modrica, Dodik left for Samac.
– Republika Srpska Prime Minister Zeljka Cvijanovic said that the situation in Samac Municipality is still dramatic.
– The Republika Srpska Minister of Health and Social Welfare, Dragan Bogdanic, said that a team led by Doboj Hospital director Vlado Djurdjevic was formed in Doboj Hospital, where he and the director of the Health Centre and the head of the Regional Public Health Office will organise disinfection and pest control in this area.
– The Republika Srpska Minister of Internal Affairs, Radislav Jovicic, said today in Modrica that he ordered all of the Ministry’s organisational units to implement harsher public peace and order controls and crime suppression measures in areas hit by flooding.
– Republika Srpska Finance Minister Zoran Tegeltija said that price hikes for foodstuffs have not been noticed in any retail chain in Srpska.
– The situation in the majority of health facilities in Republika Srpska is stable, except for health centres in Samac and Doboj, where aid is being delivered, announced the Republika Srpska Government’s Press Office.
– Brcko Mayor Anto Domic, who is in the community of Kopnice, Orasje Municipality, where the Sava River today breached its levee, said that the situation is extremely serious as the Sava is still overflowing the levee.
– The president of the Doboj Crisis Committee, Dragan Vasilic, told SRNA that there are still parts of the city which can be accessed only by boats.
– Zvornik Municipality needs water pumps and drying guns, and fire fighters units from the Herzegovina have delivered five pumps, says a Civil Defence report issued at 14:00.
– The level of the Bosna River in Doboj today at noon was 370 cm, which is 245 less than at 08:00 this morning, says a report from the Republika Srpska Civil Defence issued at 14:00.
– 60,000 customers were without power today at noon in Republika Srpska. The situation is still difficult, but much better than a day earlier, the executive director of the Republika Srpska Electric Power Company, Maksim Skoko, told SRNA.
– In coordination with pilots from Croatia and Slovenia, the Republika Srpska Helicopter Service today conducted between 40 and 50 flights to the threatened areas and delivered equipment, food and medicines, Service director Boban Kusturic told SRNA.
– Market inspectors today also controlled the prices of bottled water and food in shops to prevent sudden price hikes, the spokeswoman for the Republika Srpska Inspectorate, Dusanka Makivic, told SRNA.
– The Republika Srpska Alliance of Radio Amateurs today activated an emergency radio network in the whole territory of Srpska and put all its technical capacities at the disposal of the Civil Defence and citizens in case of a major interruption of telephone lines.