Today in Osečina two newly built torrential barriers were handed over to the Flood Relief Office and to the municipal authorities for future maintenance. They will be used to protect municipality from future floods on Crveni potok and Lovačka reka (Jazmak stream).
Newly built torrential barriers in Osečina are a part of wider project of the United Nations Development Programme to support efforts of Government of Serbia and municipalities which suffered the worst consequences during floods last year to, after initial recovery phase, develop long term resilience of local communities and better protect them from future floods.
Construction of these barriers and cleaning of two kilometers of second category watercourses are implemented as a part of project worth 1.5 million dollars. UNDP implements this project in partnership with the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government and Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief.
Marko Blagojević, director of Government Office for Reconstruction and Flood Relief, Irena Vojačkova Solorano, Resident Coordinator of United Nations and Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme in Serbia, Ivan Bošnjak, State Secretary in the Ministry of Public Administration and Local Self-government and Nenad Stevanović, president of Osečina municipality all used the ocassion to stress the importance of such risk reduction measures in Osecina, and elsewhere in Serbia.
Torrential barriers in Osečina are the first ones built out of total of 18 barriers which are being finished on territories of eight muniipalities: Krupanj, Mali Zvornik, Vrnjačka Banja, Loznica, Osečina, Ljubovija, Kosjerić and Bajina Bašta.