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24. June 14
US Senate gets involved in helping to flood affected areas in BiH and Serbia

In the Senate of the U.S. Congress, a resolution on expressing compassion and support for the victims of historic flooding in the Western Balkans is being considered.

Jeanne Shaheen, US Senator and proven friend of Bosnia and Herzegovina and the Balkans, sponsored a resolution regarding the historical floods in Western Balkans. Besides Senator Shaheen, co-sponsors are senators Rob Portman and Chris Murphy. The resolution states that the floods affected over 500,000 people in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Serbia and that the rains in Bosnia and Herzegovina and Serbia have caused the biggest flood in the last 120 years. The issues of landslides and dislocated mines were particularly emphasized due to their threat to public safety. The prompt engagement was requested from the U.S. Government agencies, as well as from USAID, Red Cross, NGOs and volunteers throughout the Western Balkans region in order to help the affected areas.

The news on the consideration of the resolution by the Senate was sent to the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina (AUBiH) by the office of Senator Shaheen. In accordance with the cooperation that AUBiH has with the U.S. Congress, Mr. Denis Prcic, Chairman of the Board of the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina, on May 20th immediately after the floods, sent a letter to all members of the U.S. Congress (100 Senators and 425 Representatives) informing members of the Congress about the historical floods in the Western Balkans and appealing for the involvement of the U.S. Congress in order to overcome the consequences of floods. Mr. Prcic is currently in Washington DC where he holds meetings with various members of the U.S. administration and Congress.