Results of a two-year project ‘Flood Defense System in Cross Border Area Serbia-Bosnia and Herzegovina’ have been presented in Visegrad.
The project - jointly implemented by the Municipality of Visegrad, the City of Uzice and the Municipality of Bajina Basta - enabled improvement of the infrastructure, but also raised the awareness of citizens on how to respond to floods and other emergencies.
It was funded by the European Union in total value of EUR 962,000 in the territory of both Serbia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
“Considering that floods have been identified as one of the biggest disaster risks for citizens in Bosnia and Herzegovina, I am particularly pleased to have the opportunity to see results of the EU assistance to Bosnia and Herzegovina for floods recovery and floods management”, said Head of Cooperation with the European Union Delegation to BiH, Richard Masa.
Head of Visegrad Municipality Mladen Djurevic emphasized the importance of this project for the entire local community. “Visegrad has improved the flood defense system by constructing a bank revetment on the river Rzav, as well as through trainings of the Civil Protection members who are qualified to act as professionals in case of floods”, said Djurevic.
System for early announcement of the flood waves in the rivers Rzav and Raca has been established and two rain gauge stations for the early announcement of the flood wave were purchased and installed at locations in Mokra Gora and Tara Mountain.
Civil protection units with 11 members in each of the three local self-government units have been formed, trained and equipped, and protective and emergency response equipment has been purchased.