Serbia, 20 May-2014: Russian rescuers have evacuated almost 3,000 people in Serbia, hit by the worst flooding for 120 years, Russia’s Deputy Emergencies Minister Vladimir Stepanov has said.
Russian rescuers arrived in Serbia on May 16. “Two planes of the Emergency Situations Ministry carried humanitarian aid and delivered equipment and foodstuffs to settlements,” he said on Monday. Earlier in the day, Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov said, “I ask to plan additional humanitarian aid. One more plane with food and medicines will be sent.” Two Ka-32 helicopters from Russia have arrived in Serbia for organizing deliveries of food products to remote residential sites, Stepanov said. Russian rescuers will work in Serbia till the end of the week. Totally about 100 people work there, he said. Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, leading relief operations, urged all those unwilling to leave their homes “not to resist evacuation”. “Do not prompt us into using force to save your lives,” Vucic said on the air at Serbia’s RTS broadcasting service. “Most important now is to save lives and then we should think about property.”