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In the wake of the recent floods and heavy rainfall in Serbia, donations, which can be made at the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Tokyo, are being sought.

Since March, Serbia has been hit by heavy rain, which caused flooding in many regions.

Although estimates are ongoing, 27 people were killed and others remain missing.

The entire city of Obrenovac was completely submerged and almost the entire population has been evacuated.

Many children and elderly are still in shelters in the capital of Belgrade unable to return home. There is a need for blankets, diapers and items for disinfection and hygiene.

Around 25,000 people were displaced and many remain uprooted.

Infrastructure has also been affected, with many bridges and roads damaged or destroyed.

Damage to homes and infrastructure is estimated at over €1 billion and at best, the total aid will only cover 20 percent of it.

Serbian tennis player, Novak Djokovic, who won the Rome Masters tournament, donated his prize money to the flood victims in Serbia. After the Rome tournament he called on international media to provide more coverage to the situation in Serbia to try to raise awareness about the ongoing catastrophe that will take several years to recover from.

Djokovic is a global brand ambassador for Uniqlo, a Fast Retailing Co. company. Following the crisis in Serbia and Djokovic’s desire to help people there, Uniqlo donated $50,000 and provided an additional clothing donation.

For its part, the embassy opened a bank account for yen donations:

  • Bank: Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Cooperation, Gotanda Branch (branch code: 653)
  • Account type: ordinary (futsu)
  • Account number: 8493085
  • Account holder: Embassy of the Republic of Serbia

Also, donations can be sent by genkin kakitome (registered mail) or brought directly to the embassy. Yahoo Net Donation can also be used:

http://donation.yahoo.co.jp/detail/1630009/

Serbian Ambassador Nenad Glisic said: “Serbia has been affected by heavy rain and flooding not seen in over 100 years. The embassy most kindly invites contributions to support Serbia’s efforts to reduce the consequences of these tragic floods and are very appreciative to those who have already offered their help and expressed their solidarity with the Serbian people. Thank you, Japan!”

For further information about donations, visit the embassy’s website at

www.tokyo.mfa.gov.rs/jpn/importanttext.php?subaction=showfull&id=1400465356&ucat=109&template=Frontpage3Cir&#disqus_thread