EUFOR's UK and Slovenian troops have been working together with the Armed Forces of BiH in Doboj, to help with the clean-up operation after the worst floods for a generation were seen in the Balkans last month. This included the clearing of a police station and streets which were heavily affected by the floods.

General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, the EUFOR Operation Commander, visited BiH on 9-10 June to gain an update on the progress of Operation Althea and to witness EUFOR troops assisting Armed Forces BiH in their flood-related disaster relief work.
On the morning of 9 June, General Bradshaw received an update in EUFOR HQ on Operation Althea progress, with particular focus on the recent flooding. He spent the afternoon in Sarajevo visiting the Presidency, the UN Development Programme office and the Ministry of Defence.

EUFOR’s three reserve companies are today working with Armed Forces BiH in Doboj, Maglaj, Lopare and Žepče to conduct a number of tasks, including repairing water supplies, disinfection of streets, removal of garbage and transportation of aid. The reserve companies deployed from Camp Butmir yesterday to assist the Armed Forces of BiH in their flood-related disaster relief efforts, commonly known as JOINT EFFORT.

The UK and Slovenian companies travelled to Dubrave, near Tuzla, while the Austrian company deployed to Zenica. EUFOR local observation teams (LOTs) spent the previous few days assessing the local situations with the Armed Forces BiH Civil-Military Cooperation (CIMIC) teams to draw up task lists which have now been prioritized.

EUFOR’s British reserve company (from 1 SCOTS) has been repairing water network pipes in Lapore together with Armed Forces BiH. Once EOD and medical teams had assessed the area as being safe to work in, the teams began to salvage water pipes that had been flushed down the Gnjica River during the flooding.
The commander of the 1 SCOTS platoon, Lt Guy Ballantyne, and the AF BiH platoon commander, Lt Benudin Barjaktarevic, worked together to ensure that the pipes will be able to be put to use again in the local water distribution network.

Two Black Hawk helicopters are now able to operate from Camp Butmir in order to assist with EUFOR flood-related disaster relief. The current team has been supplemented with another from Austria. This means that the two aircraft can now be flown concurrently in order to provide maximum support towards JOINT EFFORT.

EUFOR’s Slovenian reserve company has been working with Armed Forces BiH to disinfect areas of Doboj and remove garbage as part of JOINT EFFORT.
They will also be conducting further recces today with the UK reserve company prior to tasks next week in Vučilovac, Krepšić, Gorice and numerous other villages.
Two Austrian recce teams are also in Žepče today to assess further tasking.

Today (5th June 2014) the staff of the EUFOR Multi-National Battalion set up a joint forward operations centre in Zenica with staff from the 1st Battalion of the 5th Brigade of Tuzla. From there EUFOR’s Lieutenant Colonel Scharf will control the tasking for EUFOR’s Multi-National Battalion including the three ‘over the horizon’ reserve companies from Austria, Slovenia and the UK.
The Austrian reserve company will mainly operate in the Bosna valley, including the areas around Doboj, Maglaj and Zavidovic, whereas the Slovenian and UK companies, stationed in Dubrave near Tuzla, will mainly operate in the Sava valley.