On the heels of epic floods that left at least 37 dead and thousands homeless in Serbia and Bosnia, a second surge of floodwaters continues to fill an already swollen Sava River and threatens thousands of lives as well as Serbia’s biggest power plant. The Nikola Tesla power plant, which provides roughly half of the country’s electricity, is in the deadly path of a flood wave created by the heaviest rains to hit the region in 120 years. In Bosnia, evacuees are being placed in temporarily shelters like military barracks, but many more await help in areas that are not accessible yet.
As of Monday, May 19, 2014, International Orthodox Christian Charities reported that at least 37 were known to be dead and thousands had been left homeless across Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina.
The text of the letter reads as follows.
LETTER OF METROPOLITAN TIKHON TO PATRIARCH IRINEJ OF SERBIA
May 19, 2014
His Holiness Irinej
Archbishop of Pec, Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci
On 10 May 2014, Mr. Srđan Milić, president of the Socialist People’s Party of Montenegro, who had come to Moscow to attend the Victory Day celebrations, prayed at the Divine Liturgy celebrated by His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia at the Butovo firing range.
High Patriarchal award to Metropolitan Iriney of Dnepropetrovsk at the Border Control Point of Dnepropetrovsk Airport12. May 2014 - 10:31
On 10 May 2014, Metropolitan Iriney of Dnepropetrovsk celebrated his 75th birthday.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, arrived in Dnepropetrovsk on the 9th of May, to take part in the celebrations dedicated to the jubilee of the esteemed hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church.
On May 5, 2014, a group of Russia’s State Duma deputies led by I. Melnikov visited the Belgrade Representation of the Russian Orthodox Church. At the church of the Holy Trinity, its rector, Archpriest Vitalij Tarasjev, conducted the requiem service for the Russian soldiers who died in action during World War I.
After that, Father Vitalij introduced the guests to the history of the Representation and the spiritual life of the Russian church community in the Serbian capital city.