1 dead after major flooding strikes Albania
Flooding rainfall targeted Albania Thursday into Friday, leaving at least one person dead, homes destroyed and numerous roads blocked. Three other people were injured when the flood waters struck Albania, according to the Associated Press. At least 18 dozen homes were destroyed in weather-related incidents, while many roads became impassable across the country. Officials closed schools throughout the nation on Friday.
Authorities help a family evacuate from their home after heavy rainfall in the village of Hasan, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Tirana on Friday, 1 December 2017. (Bron afbeelding: Hektor Pustina/AP/AccuWeather)
The flooding rain resulted as moisture from the Mediterranean Sea interacted with a slow-moving front. One weather observation site near Albania’s capital of Tirana recorded 121 mm (4.76 inches) of rain in the 24 hours ending on Friday morning, local time. A similar total was measured in Kukës in northeastern Albania, while nearly 150 mm (6 inches) inundated Gjirokastër in the south. More lives and property will be threatened into Friday night as heavy rain continues to stream into Albania, especially southern areas, and northwestern Greece.
More rivers may overflow their banks, and mudslides may get triggered. Residents should prepare for more road closures and damaged bridges. Avoid a life-threatening situation by never driving through a flooded road. Flight delays and cancellations may disrupt air travel. As the flooding rain inundated Albania, the AP reports that roughly 100 people were evacuated from a shopping mall near Tirana. Tens of thousands of residents across the country were affected by power cuts.
Two dogs stand in a flooded home after heavy rainfall in the village of Hasan, about 25 kilometers (15 miles) north of Tirana on Friday, 1 December 2017.Bron afbeelding: Hektor Pustina/AP/AccuWeather)
Localized flooding downpours will also extend eastward into western Bulgaria and southern Serbia into Friday night. Enough cold air will be in place for snow to fall in the mountains of northern Albania and into Serbia. Additional periods of rain with lowering snow levels will follow for this weekend. Worse than putting a damper on cleanup efforts, downpours may return for a time on Saturday night and aggravate flooding.A turn to sunny but chilly weather is expected for Tuesday and Wednesday. Temperatures in the lower elevations, away from the coast, will plummet down to freezing.
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Hundreds evacuated in Albania amid persistent rain, flooding
Bron.afbeelding: ABCnews/AP Hektor Pustina
At least one person has died in the last three days of heavy rainfall that has flooded many parts of Albania, temporarily paralyzing its ports and suspending flights from its only international airport. Soldiers and police evacuated hundreds of residents in southern Albania on Saturday amid persistent rain in the country that has caused riverbanks to burst, flooding several villages and inundating thousands of homes.
Many roads in the region have been blocked by mudslides. More than 100 families in five villages near the Vjosa River, about 120 kilometers (75 miles) southwest of the capital, Tirana, were evacuated overnight, the Defense Ministry said. Police and soldiers have forcefully removed people from their homes in some cases, top emergency official Shemsi Prenci said.About 2,300 troops have been deployed to the area along with six teams of emergency responders from neighboring Kosovo, he said.
At least one person has died in the last three days of heavy rainfall that has flooded many parts of Albania, temporarily paralyzing its ports and suspending flights from its only international airport. But there haven't been any fatalities in the latest spell of downpours in southern Albania.
"Fortunately there has been no loss of human lives, nor of cattle so far," said Prenci, adding that warnings about the bad weather earlier this week gave residents enough time to bring their livestock to safety, and personal belongings to upper floors.
Officials said Friday that 3,334 households were underwater and 3,016 hectares (7,500 acres) of agricultural land was flooded. On Saturday, authorities said that 45,000 residents were without power. Prime Minister Edi Rama has said that a total of 6,400 emergency responders, police and soldiers are dealing with "a very critical situation."