Sunday, February 2, 2014

Over 700 passengers evacuated near Feketic

2/1/2014 7:31:00 PM

SUBOTICA/FEKETIC - Over 700 people were rescued from snow drifts along the E-75 highway near Feketic, northern Serbia, 140 of them by helicopters in an operation that involved the Serbian military, police and gendarmerie. The evacuation of citizens from cars and buses is still under way.

 There are still around 40 vehicles on the road, some of them - empty. Helicopters have also been engaged in the rescue operations, so around 140 people were evacuated by military helicopters. Serbia's First Deputy Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic, Defense Minister Nebojsa Rodic and Minister of Transport Aleksandar Antic joined the evacuation efforts, so as to make necessary arrangements for the rescue of over 1000 people in around 200 vehicles. 

 As Tanjug's on-site reporter witnessed, new vehicles are not allowed to even enter the highway, as members of the Serbian police and gendarmerie are watching over the access roads. Deputy Head of the Sector for Emergency Situations Djordje Babic told Tanjug that it is hard to say when all stranded passengers will be evacuated, and roads cleared.

 Due to deep snow drifts, railway traffic has been suspended between Novi Sad and Subotica, and in western Vojvodina, and transport restrictions introduced in international freight traffic, Serbian Railways announced. Serbia's Red Cross has also joined the rescue efforts. The Serbian Ministry of Transport decided to suspend traffic, in both directions, on a part of the highway (E-75) between Subotica and Novi Sad, northern Serbia, due to severe weather conditions, the Roads of Serbia announced. Traffic has also been suspended along several regional roads in Vojvodina, and at two border crossings with Hungary - Horgos and Bacsalmas-Bajmok. 

 The regime will remain in force depending on weather conditions and security assessments, by Monday at the latest, when another major security assessment will be done. The authorities will also carry out security assessments while the suspension is in force, and if conditions are met, they will, in cooperation with traffic police, allow for the passage of vehicles under 3.5 tons. 

 The announcement about the regime was sent to the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs so that they can inform relevant institutions in Hungary and direct vehicles to Croatia. The designated transit route to Serbia runs from the direction of Croatia across the Batrovci border crossing. Photo Tanjug, S. Ilic

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