Canada commits $800G for Balkan flood victims

A Serbian rows a boat past flooded ambulance vehicles in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest...

A Serbian rows a boat past flooded ambulance vehicles in the flooded town of Obrenovac, southwest of Belgrade, Serbia May 17, 2014. Emergency services pulled seven dead bodies from flooded homes in Bosnia on Saturday and soldiers rushed to free hundreds of people stranded in a school in Serbia during the worst floods to hit the Balkans in over a century. REUTERS/Marko Djurica

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, Last Updated: 12:36 AM ET

OTTAWA -- Canada will donate $800,000 to help victims of flooding and landslides in the Balkans, International Development minister Christian Paradis announced.

Constant rainfall in the region of Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia since May has affected millions of people. The floods are considered to be the worst the region has witnessed in over 100 years.

Bosnia says a quarter of its four million people have been affected by the rains, and that over 2,000 landslides have displaced landmines.

Bosnia and Herzegovina is littered with landmines set during the Balkan wars of the early '90s and remains one of the most mine-contaminated countries in the world.

Serbia has suffered severe damage to bridges, buildings and at least 200,000 square km of farmland.

"Canada is concerned by the impact of the devastating floods and landslides in the Balkans," Paradis said in a statement released over the weekend. "Through Canada's support, we are helping to ensure that the immediate needs of affected families are being met."

 


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