Day of Mourning Today in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serb Republic
The government of Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina enacted a Decision on the proclamation of 20th May 2014 as a mourning day in Federation of Bosnia-Herzegovina, in connection with natural disasters that befall B&H.
Day of Mourning is marked with the mandatory emphasis of Bosnian flag at half-mast, more precisely masts on the buildings of Government of FB&H and institutions of FB&H, Sarajevo Times reports.
Moreover, on the Day of Mourning, programs of cultural and entertaining character cannot be held on the public places on territory of Federation of B&H. Media outlets on the territory of FB&H are obliged to adjust and adapt their program contents with the Day of Mourning, announced the Office for public relations of Government of FB&H.
The government of the Serb Republic (RS), the Serb entity in Bosnia-Herzegovina, has also decided to declare a day of mourning on Tuesday. So far 17 people have been listed as casualties of the heavy floods, RS Interior Minister Radislav Jovičić confirmed.
On May 17, the entity declared a state of emergency.
Elsewhere in Bosnia, a 33-member British team arrived to help with the rescue efforts, while a plane from Turkey landed in Sarajevo, carrying 125,000 bags to be filled with sand, as well as some 1,000 blankets, two generators, shovels and other tools.
Previously, Britain sent three experts to Bosnia as part of an EU civil defense team to assess the damage and coordinate efforts.
The European Commission site said that a day after Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina appealed for help, 14 EU member states responded. Slovenia, Austria, Britain, Luxembourg and Germany decided to send helicopters and motor boats to Bosnia.
Across Serbia and Bosnia at least 47 people have lost their lives – more victims are anticipated once the waters have receded. Around 500,000 people have had to be evacuated from their homes while a quarter of Bosnia’s four million people are without clean water.
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