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Help to fight a natural catastrophe in the Western Balkans

May 19, 2014

BRUSSELS – The European Students’ Union (ESU) calls for immediate support to the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Eastern Croatia that have been suffering from the biggest natural catastrophe in a century.

For the past few days, more than sixteen thousand people have been evacuated in Serbia due to floods, with the worst flood waves still expected to come. In Bosnia and Herzegovina, more than twenty thousand people have fled the flooded areas. Tens of thousands of people have lost everything and major infrastructures have been ruined, such as roads, bridges and power plants.

Dozens of casualties have already been reported in Bosnia and Herzegovina, but official numbers will only be released after the evacuation process has finished. Due to the large number of people that need to be evacuated in short amount of time, the conditions at evacuation centres are rapidly worsening. In an already impoverished region, it will take years to recover from this natural disaster.

In the name of ESU’s colleagues from the region, ESU encourages you to act in solidarity with the people of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia to help them limit the impact of those floods. People must be provided with basic goods, such as food, water and products for disinfection, and their homes and infrastructures rebuilt later on.

There are several ways in which you can help, by providing either a financial support or donating goods directly. Please consult the Red Cross organisation in your country for more details on how you can help.

Should you prefer to contribute directly to the Red Cross in Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina, you can find the bank details of both those organisations below.

Here’s a link to the Red Cross in Croatia http://www.hck.hr/en/page/emergency-appeal-for-flood-affected-areas-in-croatia-415.

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For more information, please contact:

Rok Primozic, ESU’s Chairperson: +32/479.126.390 // rok@esu-online.org or Robert Hlynur Baldursson, ESU Communications Manager: +32/473.669.894 // robert@esu-online.org

The European Students’ Union, headquartered in Brussels, is the umbrella organisation of 47 national unions of students from 39 European countries. ESU represents and promotes the educational, social, economical and cultural interests of students at the European level. Through its member unions, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe. To find out more about ESU, follow us on Twitter @ESUtwt, check out or Facebook page or visit www.esu-online.org. ESU celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2012.

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