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The Economist ~ On the Serbian flooding disaster

Day 2,369, 10:23 Published in United Kingdom Poland by Iain Keers



Dear friends,


It’s not often that I write this sort of article, but I think in light of the fact that I know several people in affected areas it’s a bit more personal to me this time.


Today reports came in on the international media of the worst flooding disaster in Bosnia and Serbia in over a hundred years. So far there are thousands of people evacuated, and tens of thousands more still trapped. The Bosnian and Serbian armies are on the ground rescuing civilians, and the Serbian government has appealed to the EU and Russia to send aid. So far Russia, Austria, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Germany, Latvia, and Slovenia have all sent aid and there is more coming.


Despite being on opposite sides, we are all connected by a common humanity and my thoughts and prayers go to the players and their families who are affected by this disaster. I hope that aid arrives soon and the worst of the flooding is over.


Iain






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Comments

jedimindtrick
jedimindtrick Day 2,369, 10:27

V

Malkaiser
Malkaiser Day 2,369, 12:48

All these flood pictures are what I imagine Serbia to look like on a regular day?

rm.prime
rm.prime Day 2,369, 14:55

would u stfu plz -.-

Malkaiser
Malkaiser Day 2,369, 15:48

In fact there are not enough horse and carts for this to even be Serbia, it's probably Austria or something.

CheetahCurtis
CheetahCurtis Day 2,370, 00:14

Have some respect.

SUVAJAC
SUVAJAC Day 2,370, 04:07

what you know about Serbia,what you saw on CNN,you NAZI goku!!!

Malkaiser
Malkaiser Day 2,370, 04:31

They don't have CNN in the UK?

SUVAJAC
SUVAJAC Day 2,370, 16:12

you can mock with this disaster,bravo for you!!!but you think you are safe in your little room???

Teppishc
Teppishc Day 2,370, 21:59

Mate really? I didn't think you'd be like that with real world issues

Malkaiser
Malkaiser Day 2,371, 01:27

If you can't joke about it then you would get REALLY depresed at world events.

Zika Palikuca
Zika Palikuca Day 2,371, 03:32

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27459184 But U have BBC, right??

zebosk
zebosk Day 2,369, 10:28

+V

Alphabethis
Alphabethis Day 2,369, 16:02

bad news, sorry.

RaccoonGoon
RaccoonGoon Day 2,369, 10:28

Voted. My prayers and best wishes go to those in affected areas.

Stuff like this transcends this silly game.

Mister Terminator
Mister Terminator Day 2,369, 10:29

o7

LucasFTM
LucasFTM Day 2,369, 10:29

Good article.
I wish the best for Serbia o7

DevaJr
DevaJr Day 2,369, 10:32

deep condolences for Serbians from Indonesians )

klop123
klop123 Day 2,369, 10:34

o7

Our thoughts are with you Bosnia and Serbia.

gnasher.armorer
gnasher.armorer Day 2,369, 10:34

+V

Bucephalus92
Bucephalus92 Day 2,369, 10:35

Voted

Aradjanski Branko
Aradjanski Branko Day 2,369, 10:37

o7

Jo Gaspar
Jo Gaspar Day 2,369, 10:37

Croat came first in aid and nobody mentioned that in serbian newspapers, serbs dont be ashamed to take our help, we love you :**

vladb
vladb Day 2,369, 23:07

It was mentioned in the Romanian media and I was a little bit surprised .

SpyroPBP
SpyroPBP Day 2,370, 08:37

Svi smo mi nasi ( ne mislim na onaj nazovi pokret)
Hvala narodu Hrvatskom
Tnx Croatia!

Ragnell
Ragnell Day 2,369, 10:40

Best wishes to those affected. o7

Paddy OBrien
Paddy OBrien Day 2,369, 10:41

Absolutely. We should all be united in real world disasters.

Orinocco
Orinocco Day 2,369, 10:42

Best wishes and good luck.

Aleksandar.V Popovic
Aleksandar.V Popovic Day 2,369, 10:45

Thanks Ian on this article.It"s really bad time for Serbia&Bosnia.From the dissaster haven"t yet been resqued.I"ll point towns and cities which are under huge floods:Obrenovac,Krupanj,Sabac,some part of Belgrade.Also would apply you to add phone number for aid,will you Ian,please.The phone number is 1003
and all mobile operaterator networks and cost of empty message is 100 dinars.Please and I"ll spread the article and word from you.Thanks in advance and greetings from Alex.

Dacicus Maximus
Dacicus Maximus Day 2,369, 10:48

When will irl governments learn and build proper defences against flooding?

J.Canuck
J.Canuck Day 2,369, 11:30

Sometimes those defences are both the solution and the problem as when a levied river manages to break you get a much bigger volume flood than if it was allowed to flood in something closer to its natural state

Hostilian
Hostilian Day 2,369, 11:40

Yup, and that happens usually when whoever built that defence wanted to use less material so that (s)he/they can steal more money for themselves.

In New Belgrade (which was a river delta before it was built) my grandfather built the defences during the communist era (when they sent thieves to labour camps) and it has zero problems. Because everybody did what they were supposed to do and nobody even imagined stealing from the country to be an option.

Hostilian
Hostilian Day 2,369, 11:32

As soon as they stop thinking about how to maximise their wallets. Which would be never.

law7441
law7441 Day 2,370, 02:25

want load of rubbish

Bobby Canell
Bobby Canell Day 2,370, 20:25

We are a lot better a blowing shit up.

Mary Hinge
Mary Hinge Day 2,371, 01:46

Rivers flood - they always do. Build on flood plains and defend it and your pushing the problem elsewhere

Marcus Nerva Traianus
Marcus Nerva Traianus Day 2,369, 11:02

o7

Si Barda
Si Barda Day 2,369, 11:16

o7

Karsten Mk
Karsten Mk Day 2,369, 11:21

I wish the best for Serbia o7

J.Canuck
J.Canuck Day 2,369, 11:30

o7

Hostilian
Hostilian Day 2,369, 11:35

Thanks for your support o7

On the sidenote, now would be a good time to attack eSerbia. Especially since one of our bigger coal powered powerplants might get affected by this flood.

Dead Cthulhu
Dead Cthulhu Day 2,373, 14:06

Make sure to donate to the victims before you wipe them in game. I think they would appreciate help more than this silly game.

Aladrak
Aladrak Day 2,369, 11:35

Voted

PROSVETNI INSPEKTOR
PROSVETNI INSPEKTOR Day 2,369, 11:36

thx bro!!!!

Niemand
Niemand Day 2,369, 12:32

I am with my friends in Serbia.
Voted.

Marko MK
Marko MK Day 2,369, 12:35

Update the article Iain
Tomorrow 75 people from Macedonian Special Force will go to serbia,with 45 water pumps,35 generators,boats,blankets,medical teams and supplies.
This will be the first official Aid Package from Macedonia

Support \o/

Helen Moon
Helen Moon Day 2,369, 12:36

Thank u dear so so much. :*

Ayame Crocodile
Ayame Crocodile Day 2,369, 12:37

Terrible to see, It's times like this we remember this is just a game and that real life matters so much more.

I hope for the best and that soon you can add UK to the list sending aid o7

Ayame Crocodile
Ayame Crocodile Day 2,369, 12:40

Maybe it is also worth putting the 1003 number in with details for donations?

ivan.sk
ivan.sk Day 2,369, 12:47

Doesn't work from foreign countries

Aleksandar.V Popovic
Aleksandar.V Popovic Day 2,369, 15:57

@ivan.sk it does work from foreign country.My aunt sent today a couple of messagesfrom Austria,also my uncle from Derbyshire in UK sent messages and donate money and aid in supplies(food,clothes and blankets),

 
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