Belarus sends rescuers to flood-hit Serbia


Two Mi-8 helicopters and four rescue teams flew to Serbia on Sunday morning to rescue people trapped by rising waters as the worst floods ever recorded swept the Balkan country.

Three months’ worth of rain fell on the region in three days. The River Sava burst its banks, flooding cities and cutting power to tens of thousands of homes. The Serbian authorities started evacuation operations in the regions that are most menaced. Some 20,000 people have been evacuated in Serbia and at least 13,000 more in Bosnia.

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Serbia asked a number of countries for help: the country needs rescue teams and equipment. Belarus is preparing to send a humanitarian aid shipment to Serbia, reported the press office of the emergency management ministry. According to the press office, the shipment will include tents, blankets, food, electric generators and water pumps, and will soon be delivered by an Iljushin IL-76 freight plane.

www.belsat.eu/en, following BelaPAN

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