#AceWorldNews – BELGRADE – Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic on Friday thanked Russia and his Russian counterpart Dmitry Medvedev for helping Serbia cope with the powerful floods that are hitting its central and western regions.
“Serbia and the Serbian people will always remember Russia’s self-sacrificing and timely aid. They highly appreciate this gesture as a proof of genuine friendship between the two peoples,” Vucic wrote in his letter quoted by his press service.
Vucic extended his personal gratitude to Medvedev for timely aid.
“I would like to extend my cordial gratitude for the help which the Russian government had given to Serbia in time of need,” the Serbian prime minister went on to say.
The Serbia government has lifted the state of emergency which was introduced on May 15 over floods in the country.
The death toll reached 33 people, ITAR-TASS reported.
Authorities are planning to focus on reconstruction of energy sector, highways and railways.
The damage is estimated at 0.64 percent of the country’s GDP or 174.5 million euro.
During the floods, nearly 32,000 people were evacuated, 1,763 buildings were destroyed or are under threat of destruction.
Thirty bridges were totally destroyed and 50 big bridges were damaged.
RT – TASS – SERBIAN NEWS – MOSCOW TIMES