The Red Cross has advised that at this point, clothes should not be sent due to lack of space and they are no longer a priority.
More than 40 tons of humanitarian aid were collected so far and 30.074,50 GBP were received on the Bank account of Embassy for donations in GBP.
CURRENT FLOOD EQUIPMENT AND DEVICES REQUIREMENTS
The Sector for Emergency Management of the Republic of Serbia informed that rescue teams as well as teams with large-capacity pumps are no longer necessary. However, the following equipment and devices are still needed:
• All-terrain vehicles
• Mud submersible pumps
• Large-capacity pumps (over 100l/h)
• Back-mounted engine-driven disinfectant sprinklers
• Protective clothing for disinfection personnel
• Water-resistant footwear (fisherman boots)
• 40 pumps of 50-116.6. m3/min (3000-7000 m3/h) flow-rate, lift height (effort) H=80m
Ministry of Foreign Affairs website up to date information (in Serbian)
Ambassador Ognjen Pribicevic in UK media on floods in Serbia:
Sky News 18. may 2014.
CNN International 20. may 2014.
BBC 4 Radio (starting 2:33:10) 21. may 2014.
DONATIONS BY SMS
We would like to inform you that the “Serbian Society” in the United Kingdom opened a JustTextGiving account as part of the flood relief effort for Serbia. You can donate to flood victims by texting FLOR14£ ....(add the amount in pounds) to 70070.
Donations made by sending text messages to 1003 are possible only through telephone numbers operated by Serbian mobile operators.
Donations in drugs and medical supplies
Please note that the donations in drugs and medical supplies from individuals brought personally cannot be accepted.
All physical and legal persons who wish to donate drugs and medical supplies registered in the Republic of Serbia can do so through manufacturers or wholesalers. The donations of drugs and medical supplies will be dispatched to the Central Pharmacy of the Clinical Center of Serbia. The list of registered drugs can be downloaded here.
As for unregistered drugs, whose import is possible only in line with special procedures, please contact the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia.
The latest humanitarian needs
We would like to inform you that in line with constantly changing situation on the ground, current and pressing needs are: covers, blankets, mattresses, folding beds, nappies for babies and adults, articles for personal hygiene, canned food, etc. The Red Cross has advised that at this point, clothes should not be sent due to lack of space and they are no longer a priority.
We would like to thank all donors and encourage other to respond to the appeal. The Embassy stands ready to accept any kind of assistance and answer any questions that you may have.
Bank account of Embassy for donations in GBP
Bank Account Name: Embassy of Serbia (Number two account)
Address: 28 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8 QB
Sort Code: 20-47-34
Account Number: 33566994
SWIFTBIC (Bank Identifier Code): BARCGB22
IBAN (International Bank Account Number): GB87BARC20473433566994
Reference: Flood 2014
We would like to inform you that you can make a financial contribution to flood victims in Serbia by way of PayPal.
This account belongs to the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Brussels and the funds paid on this account will be directly transferred to the special account of the Government of the Republic of Serbia opened for the assistance to redressing the consequences of floods
The donations by PayPal service should be paid to: email@example.com.
The Embassy would like to inform that focal points in the United Kingdom for the assistance to flood victims in Serbia have been set up in the Serbian Orthodox Church St. Sava (89 Lancaster Road, London, W11 1QQ, phone: 02077278367; contact person Nemanja, phone: 07737932347), as well as in the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in London, from (28 Belgrave Square SW1X 8 QB, phone: 02072359049; contact persons: Mr. Nebojsa Radojicic, Minister Counsellor and Mrs. Ljiljana Zarubica, Consul.
Please bring the goods in boxes, if possible, for easier transport.
The updates on daily priority needs are available at the internet site of the Government of the Republic of Serbia http://www.srbija.gov.rs/vesti/specijal.php?id=209591. To facilitate customs procedures, please fill in the form which can be downloaded here specifying type and quantity of the donation.
Transport for goods of all people of good will living outside of London will be ensured. Please contact Natasa Kocsis: firstname.lastname@example.org
While the Embassy expresses deep gratitude to those who donated or intend to donate non-monetary contribution, it wishes point out that financial contribution is the most efficient type of assistance. Payments can be made on the following accounts:
1. In RSD, No. 840-3546721-89, purpose: assistance to flood-affected areas.
2. In foreign currency, No. 01-504619-100193230-000000-0000
Bank name:- Ministry of Finance – Treasury, Belgrade, special account for assistance to flood-affected areas,
IBAN: RS 35908504619019323080.
To facilitate money transfers from the United Kingdom, the Embassy will set up an account in pounds sterling as soon as possible.
The Embassy of the Republic of Serbia would like to express its gratitude to individuals and all Serbian associations in the United Kingdom for their selfless assistance and support to the ongoing collection and distribution effort and for raising awareness among the members of the Serb community and within the British public. We are happy to announce that several truck-loads of assistance are already on their way to Serbia.
In view of the fact that redressing the consequences of the devastating floods in Serbia will remain a long-term priority for our country, any type of assistance will continue to be of crucial importance. We kindly urge you to check regularly the Embassy web site for the latest updates on top-priority assistance requirements.
For all questions regarding Humanitarian Aid please write on Embassy's mail: email@example.com
Information regarding the shipments of humanitarian aid
It should be noted that the Customs Administration of the Republic of Serbia gave instructions to all customs outposts in the Republic of Serbia to accord top priority to humanitarian aid procedures and their registration for onward destinations when they enter the customs area of the Republic of Serbia, while respecting all customs procedures and regulations.
If a freighter bringing goods to the Serbian customs area does not have a customs agent, a customs officer will provide details on how to proceed with this shipment without required paperwork. In this case, the customs officer will have to create and process transit declaration in ISCS for the shipment in question, deliver relevant copies to the freighter and instruct him to report to the relevant customs authority. Also, in order to ensure proper control, and in case the freighter does not have a proper instrument for the payment of customs duties that may be incurred during the transit of goods, the customs officer shall attach to transit declaration and accompanying documents also a copy of travel document or a personal ID document of the driver.
In connection with the customs approval procedure for these shipments in relevant customs outposts, the above procedure shall also be accorded priority. Under relevant customs provisions for handling goods, an oral declaration may be submitted for goods of non-commercial value, if approved by a customs authority. Under the provision, in case of temporary import, other goods can be declared as well.
For its part, immediately upon receiving information on the shipment of humanitarian aid, the Embassy will transmit this information to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs - the Emergency Headquarters. The following information shall be required: sender of goods, recipient, type of goods, quantity and value, type of transport and information on the vehicle, approximate time and crossing point.
The Embassy will issue a relevant certificate to the freighters confirming that the shipment is humanitarian aid, to be presented to the competent border authorities with a view to facilitating the crossing of the State border.