In May 2014, Bosnia and Herzegovina faced the worst floods in the country’s history. Heavy rains caused massive destruction in northern, eastern and central parts of the country bordering Croatia and Serbia.
More than 1 million people were affected, some 40,000 people were evacuated from their homes and many people lost their lives. Critical infrastructure, including water supplies, was destroyed and sanitation and sewage systems were contaminated causing serious health hazards. The threat posed by dislodged landmines was another terrible consequence of the floods.
On 28 May, the Emergency Relief Coordinator approved a US$ 2 million rapid response grant from CERF for life-saving humanitarian assistance including the provision clean water, sanitation facilities, shelter, debris removal and mine clearance.