2 Oct 2014
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With support from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF), a mine clearance effort has helped restore access to clean water for 4,500 people in Sapna, a community in the north-east of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Sapna residents had been left without water after the heaviest rains in more than a century caused massive destruction throughout the country. Floods and landslides also shifted thousands of landmines, threating residents and recovery efforts.

“Years of work to clear landmines and mark minefields could be in jeopardy … a mine is like a stone, easily transported by fast waters,” said Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator to Bosnia and Herzegovina, at the time of the floods.

With CERF funding,) a 13-member UN Development Programme (UNDP) demining team worked for 25 days to clear Sapna’s mine-contaminated water supply. After 19 landmines were safely removed and the area was thoroughly inspected, the water supply line was restored.

Read more about UNDP's mine clearance and recovery efforts in Sapna here.

Details on CERF’s US$ 2 million rapid response grant from for life-saving humanitarian assistance, including the provision clean water, sanitation facilities, shelter, debris removal and mine clearance, to Bosnia and Herzegovina can be found here.