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Emergencies Ministry prepares additional two planes to deliver humanitarian aid to Serbia

May 16, 2014, 19:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier, over 70 rescuers of the Tsentrospas airmobile team and the Leader special risk rescue operations centre arrived in the city of Nis to provide aid to coping with the consequences of the flooding
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MOSCOW, May 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Additional two planes of Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry are expected to deliver humanitarian aid to Serbia, hit the worst flooding for 120 years, the ministry’s National Crisis Management Centre chief, Oleg Voronov has said.

Earlier, over 70 rescuers of the Tsentrospas airmobile team and the Leader special risk rescue operations centre arrived in the city of Nis to provide aid to coping with the consequences of the flooding.

“The Russian Emergency Situations Ministry is due to deliver about 70 tonnes of humanitarian aid, including boats, pumping equipment, power stations, foodstuffs and blankets,” Voronov told ITAR-TASS on Friday.

The ministry’s two planes that are now being loaded with humanitarian aid will leave for the area soon, he said.

At the request of Serbia's authorities, the Russian Emergencies Ministry was sending rescuers of the Tsentrospas airmobile team and the Leader special risk rescue operations centre, he said.

In the meantime, around 6,100 people have been evacuated in Serbia amid disastrous floods triggered by heavy rainfall which meteorologists say is the worst to hit the Balkan country.

At least two people were reported dead and two are missing since the natural calamity hit Serbia on Tuesday, prompting national authorities to declare a state of emergency.

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.”

Meteorologists have predicted that heavy rain, also affecting neighboring Bosnia and Croatia, would continue until the weekend.

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