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Greek rescue team joins Serbia operation

An aerial view of the flooded city of Orasje on Sunday. Russian cargo planes and rescue teams from around Europe on Sunday joined huge volunteer aid efforts in swathes of Serbia and Bosnia where at least 44 people have died in the worst floods in over a century.

A Greek rescue team will on Monday join efforts in Serbia and Bosnia, struck in recent days by the worst floods in the Balkansí modern history.

Eight members of the Hellenic Rescue Team, active under the umbrella of the United Nationís INSARAG unit, were set to arrive in the areas where heavy rainfall coming down in the course of just a few days has so far killed more than 40 people and forced some 10,000 from their homes.

Reports Sunday said that 25 members of Greeceís EMAK special rescue unit have also been put on standby.

The European Union is providing coordinated assistance to the region through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. So far, Austria, Luxembourg, Slovenia, Hungary and Germany have offered manpower, helicopters and motorboats to support the evacuation effort, as well as to transport drinking water, food and medicine.

Floods and landslides caused by the rain have raised concerns over the fate of an estimated 1 million land mines planted during Bosniaís 1992-1995 war. Bad weather has swept away many of the warning signs around the remaining minefields and experts fear that dislodged mines could travel downstream in the Sava RiverĖ and perhaps even get stuck in the turbines of a hydroelectric dam, reports said.

ekathimerini.com , Sunday May 18, 2014 (22:56)  
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