Albania struggles with heavy rains, snow –


Albania has been ravaged by dangerous climate during the last week, leading to important flooding and snowfall of as much as a metre within the north resulting in the mobilisation of some army forces to help residents.

After seven days of heavy rain, compounded by plunging temperatures, authorities reported that over 1,300 hectares are underwater in Shkoder County, two hours north of the capital of Tirana. An extra 770 hectares are underwater in Lezhe, with 200 in Gjonem, 180 in Balldren, and 150 in Zejmen.

Lake Shkodra, which straddles the border between Albania and Montenegro, is at present on the top of 8.45 metres, whereas its most is 8.70. As for flooded land, the entire reached some 1,220 hectares on Sunday, 100 greater than on Saturday.

Native municipalities reported that some roads had been beneath 65 centimetres of water and the Drin Driver had reached 6.10 metres complete out of a most of seven.5 metres.

As a result of heavy rain, numerous arterial roads, hectares of agricultural land, and the Oblika 1 aqueduct are utterly impassable. The state of affairs has additionally induced issues with electrical energy, and outages have been reported in Durres and Elbasan in central Albania, Vlora within the south, and Shkoder.

Snowfall has additionally added to the seriousness of the difficulty, and avalanches have been reported on roads within the north, significantly the Qafre Thore-Theth route, the place the snow has reached over one metre.

“Present additional care when driving in wet climate, equip your self with winter tires and chains when travelling to mountainous areas, scale back velocity, respect the site visitors indicators and directions of the Visitors Police” the roads authorities warned motorists over the weekend.

The Ministry of Defence warned that temperatures are set to plunge additional to -3 whereas the state of affairs ought to enhance by Tuesday. In an announcement, they said that fifty army forces had been mobilised together with seven high-mobility automobiles. As well as, 700 meals packages, 900 blankets and 10 tents had been distributed to these in want.

“The Nationwide Company of Civil Safety will proceed the monitoring, coordination and engagement to make sure the well timed response and the mandatory assist for the native authorities,” the announcement added.

After a gaggle of vacationers received stranded as a consequence of dangerous climate in Tomorr close to Berat, the ministry cautioned others from trying touristic excursions when there’s snowfall and heavy rain.

“Keep away from journeys for vacationer functions in areas the place there’s a presence of snow, keep away from crossing the roads with the presence of water, respect the site visitors guidelines, drive with winter tires and chains in accordance with the suggestions of the street site visitors buildings and notify the native and operational buildings in any case of want,” the announcement concluded.

(Alice Taylor |

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