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JCB machinery donation aids Balkan flood victims

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 29, 2014

  • Caption: A member of the Bosnian Army puts the JCB 3CX backhoe through its paces.

  • Lt Col Rob Tomlinson, of the British Embassy; General Sakib Foric, of the Bosnian Army; Sinisa Tomasic, Regional Director of TERRA South; and Tarik Kamenjasevic, Managing Director Terra BiH.

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JCB is donating machines to help in clear-up operations in Serbia and Bosnia after the region's worst ever floods.

More than 50 people have been killed and tens of thousands have forced to flee their homes after several months of rain fell in just a few days.

JCB announced that two 3CX backhoe loaders worth $200,000 would be made available immediately to assist in the massive relief effort.

The first machine has been handed over by JCB's dealer in Bosnia, TERRA BIH, with the support of the British Embassy at the dealer's premises in Sarajevo.

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TERRA BIH is also providing training for operators of the 3CX backhoe loaders as well as service support for the machines in the field.

JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: "JCB has a long history of supporting countries hit by natural disasters.

"The floods in the Balkans have left behind a terrible trail of destruction and I hope the machines being despatched to Serbia and Bosnia will help life return to normal as quickly as possible."

More than 3,000 landslides have hit Serbia and Bosnia, burying houses and roads.

In Serbia, a second JCB machine will be made available by dealer TERRA Serbia and put to immediate use by the Serbian Emergency Relief Committee, clearing the vast swathes of mud and debris which have engulfed parts of the country.

JCB has a pedigree of helping countries affected by major natural disasters.

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