Red Cross street collections to help flood victims in the Balkans

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The Finnish Red Cross is channelling donations to its Disaster Relief Fund through the International Red Cross and national Red Cross Societies in the region to help the flood victims.
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The devastating floods in the Balkans make people in Finland want to help. Last weekend, Bosnians and Serbs living in Finland started small-scale collections and a bigger collection effort is planned for the end of this week.

Please consider making a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund:
  • By sending the text message 'SPR' to number 16499 (15 € / text message)

  • By making a donation online

  • Account Number: Nordea FI06 2219 1800 0680 00, please write ‘Balkan floods’in the message area

  • By phone: call 0600-122 20 (€20.28 + local network charge)

Torrential rain and flooding in the Balkans have caused enormous damage in Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. The rising water has swept away houses and bridges, along with sections of road and railway. Landslides have destroyed several villages.

It is the worst flooding in 150 years. Over the weekend there were reports of 44 deaths due to the flooding, and rescue authorities fear that the number of casualties will continue to rise.

The flood waters have also disturbed unexploded ordnance and landmines left in the ground since the war in the Balkans during the 1990s. The worst of the minefields, which have not yet been cleared, had been marked with warning signs, but the floodwaters have swept away both the signs and landmines. When the water recedes, there’s a danger that people may become new landmine victims.

The Finnish Red Cross is channelling donations to its Disaster Relief Fund through the International Red Cross and national Red Cross Societies in the region to help the flood victims. Funds are used for emergency aid and supplies for people who have lost their home.