Due to the rain that is falling for the third day in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina, the level of the rivers has risen and on Thursday night, Friday, some of them got out of bed.
Everything reminds you of the great floods of 2014, when, seen from the air, most of BiH and neighboring countries in the Sava and Danube river basins were one big lake. The very fact that the rivers overflowed again shows that the competent services have not learned much over the last seven years.
The worst situation is in the area of Sarajevo Canton (KS), where almost all rivers and streams have flooded. What is an even bigger problem, in the municipality of Pales, in Republika Srpska, the water level of the rivers that flow into Miljacka, the river that flows through the center of Sarajevo, has also increased. According to the latest information, the water level in Miljacka is falling slightly, but a larger inflow from the Pales region could create a problem again. In some city settlements, firefighters and other emergency services are helping citizens evacuate flooded homes. The situation is similar in several other cities in BiH.
“We have a situation in which some citizens are endangered and we want to react adequately. The situation is serious but under control. We call on the citizens to reduce their movement to the minimum necessary, whether moving inside the canton or traveling outside it “, said Edin Forto, Prime Minister of the Canton of Sarajevo, addressing the media after an urgent session of the Cantonal Government.
Forto has announced the conclusions made today by the Government of the SC, but added that if necessary, the Government will be in permanent session.
“The Civil Protection Headquarters of the SC has been ordered to initiate all measures for active protection from floods in the KS area. The Cantonal Administration for Civil Protection is ordered to go to the flooded areas with its resources and manpower “, said Forto, reminding that KS has a current plan for flood protection.
He also asked the municipal civil protection headquarters to go to the flooded areas.
“Public utility companies have been ordered to invest all their resources and machinery in the fight against floods. “The competent ministries are ordered to stop the work of schools in the flooded areas, as well as the work of kindergartens and other public institutions”, he said, emphasizing that three schools have already been closed.
The Prime Minister of Republika Srpska, Radovan Viskovic, has ordered the Civil Protection in all cities of this entity to monitor the situation with the water level on the ground and to react if necessary.