Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
CALL FOR HELP:
Help the people and children suffering in floods. Together we are stronger! SEVERE floods have struck the people in Serbia these days, leaving thousands of children homeless, without food, water, warm and dry clothes. Roads and bridges are flooded, schools and kindergartens have been shut down, 100,000 homes in Serbia left without power, while rain-swollen rivers and surging water course through towns and villages, overflowing across streets into homes, causing landslides and other disasters. The situation is so dramatic, that the entire families have lost their homes in the floods. Finding a shelter is a real adventure for many. In the city of Svilajnac more than 1.000 flood victims had to seek refuge on the roof tops, waiting for the rescuers to come and save them. In Veliko Polje near Obrenovac the dam broke, and the river flooded the whole area… Hundreds of cars and buses are stranded along the flooded roads. The situation is the most dramatic in western Serbia, where more than 500 people were evacuated during the night. These are the heaviest rains and floods ever recoded in 120 years. Entire towns are cut off and the slow-moving cyclone is said to last until the weekend. Serbia has already declared a nationwide flood emergency on Thursday. Several people have already drowned and the numbers are only growing. Meteorologists say that more than double of Serbia’s average rainfall for the whole of May is expected to fall within just two and half days. Major traffic routes, such as the E-75 Belgrade-Skopje highway, are submerged. Serbia’s rail link to Montenegro is also severed. Therefore, we have to turn to all of you for help! There is no time left. We have to act promptly. Let’s unite and confront this together! We call on all people of good will who are able to help in any way to make donations in the form of food, clothing, and footwear. Money donations:
PayPal (SAD): firstname.lastname@example.org (purpose”Borba protiv poplava”) - www.serbsforserbs.org
Government of Serbia has opened this bank account for everyone willing to donate:
- RSD: 840-3546721-89,
- EUR: 01-504619-100193230-000000-0000
(soon to be announced)
- For donations in RSD from Serbia, acct number: 205-205818-39, call on number 6003-3550000.
- Instructions for foreign currency payments can be downloaded here for EUR, USD andCHF respectively.
Red Cross Serbia will announce in the media where they have directed their money.
The Ministry of the Interior Affairs has also established a call center through which all interested people who want to assist in the current emergency situation, are able to obtain information in order to realize their contributions. The call center will be open 24 hours a week and will coordinate all actions with other governmental agencies.
The telephone numbers of the call center: + 381 11 312 0741 , + 381 11 312 0739 , + 381 11 312 9939 , + 381 11 312 0742 , + 381 11 312 0646.
People who want to help, can contribute and take part in the action #HumanostNaDelu (HumanityAtWork). The collecting of clothes and canned food takes place on Saturday, May 17th, from 12-17 hours, at “Udruženje novinara Srbije”, 28/I Resavska street.
The Belgrade Drop In Center has also issued a call for help to collect clothes, shoes and food for the homeless children from the streets, which, due to heavy rains and flooding, have been showing in the drop-in-center in increasing numbers. You can find out more about ways to help by calling: +381 11 399 0258.
For more information and photos from all critical and flood-affected areas on Twitter, follow the hashtag #poplave, as well as the hashtag #SerbiaFloods for information in English.
Please spread the word we need your help!