Rescue team sets off for Bosnia

Flood damage in Bosnia. (AP/Scanpix)
5/21/2014 12:55 PM
Category: Environment

A nine-member Estonian rescue team is on the way to Bosnia as part of a larger Baltic team specializing in pumping water from flood-hit areas.

The team also includes 10 members from Latvia and Lithuania, set off Tuesday to Bosnia, where a third of the nation has been hit by floods. They are expected to stay for 25 days.

Head of the Estonian Rescue Board, Kuno Tammearu, said the BaltFloodCombat team was formed by Estonia in 2010 and it has taken part in a number of missions already.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has earmarked 87,000 euros for the mission.

Serbia and Bosnia are in the midst of the worst flooding the two nations have seen since modern records began. At least 35 people have died so far after the equivalent of three months worth of rain fell on the two nations in just a few days. Serbia has so far refused offers of aid.


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