Construction of the new houses for families affected by floods

UB - Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic and his wife Dragica visited in Ub on Tuesday three houses destroyed in the May floods that are now being rebuilt with funds from the Dragica Nikolic Foundation

They visited the homes of the families Markovic and Gavrilovic in the village of Brgule and Gavric in the village of Liso Polje. Nikolic told reporters afterwards he was pleased with the work and that the families would soon be able to move back into their homes.

The foundation will cover the costs of the construction material needed to rebuild homes in Varvarin and Bajina Basta, he stated.

The president's wife pointed out that one prefabricated house would be built in Bajina Basta, but that a number of families who wished to build the houses themselves would be provided with the necessary material.

The foundation will fund the construction of 10 homes in total, she says, adding that the families will also get furniture and household appliances.

She also added that the foundation would be involved in the reconstruction of 400 houses in Kraljevo, central Serbia.

The president appealed to the local authorities to cut the procedure needed to issue construction licences for homes destroyed in the floods down to around 10 days and to allow for the special application of the public procurement law in such cases, so the families would get a roof over their head before the autumn rains.

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