EU and UNDP continue to help people who lost their homes during the floods

EU and UNDP continue to help people who lost their homes during the floods

Đorđa and his wife Dušanka have no fear of the rain anymore. By moving into the new house, built under the Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme, this couple from Modriča, a city in North Bosnia and Herzegovina, feels safe.

Currently ongoing in Bosnia and Herzegovina, is the European Union support project that aims to provide housing interventions for almost 3,000 people whose homes were destroyed or damaged during the 2014 floods and landslides.

“We are great”, says Dušanka sitting on the couch in the living room of their new home. The living room is connected to the kitchen, while there is also a bedroom, bathroom and corridor in the house. A month has passed since they moved in and the house is being equipped humbly, slowly and with lots of attention. The garden in front of the house is filled with flowers planted by Dušanka.

“It was a bit odd as if we arrived at a different world”, Đorđa describes the first days living in a new location, some 20 kilometres away from their old house that was hit by a landslide in 2014 and, in the years that came, remained under constant threat of collapse. Despite the danger, the couple lived in this house for five years as they could not afford to move.

“Every time the rain came, I had to stay awake whole night because you never know when a landslide will occur”, says Đorđa. “You must not fall asleep”.

Through the Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme, financed by the European Union in cooperation with entity governments, partner municipalities and cities, and implemented by United Nations Development Programme, Đorđa fulfilled the conditions to receive a new home. Having in mind that his old home was hit by the landslide, the construction on that location was impossible so Modriča Municipality provided space in Oteža settlement for Đorđe and all other beneficiaries in a similar situation.

“It is different now. I have a roof over my head, the old house can collapse!”, Đorđa says.

Flood Recovery – Housing Interventions Programme, as the story published on the official EU Delegation to BiH page said, supports the recovery of 44 flood-affected local communities in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Housing interventions for almost 3,000 people, including Đorđa and Dušanka, whose homes were destroyed or damaged in 2014, are currently ongoing. As part of the Programme, 200 households received support in the area of agricultural production and small businesses.

Besides the fact that the new home provides a safe roof over their heads, it is also closer to the city enabling Đorđa and Dušanka easier access to employment opportunities, since both of them are unemployed./ibna