Torrential rains in the Balkans over the past two days have led to flooding that has killed at least six people, triggered mass evacuations and caused extensive damage, officials said on Monday.
One of the worst affected areas was northwestern Albania, where thousands of acres of agricultural land and hundreds of homes were flooded. Authorities evacuated several families amid power outages.
Early Monday, police divers found the bodies of two missing men, a father and son, whose car was washed away Sunday in the village of Boge, about 90 miles north of the capital Tirana.
Flooding in parts of Montenegro and Serbia killed four people over the weekend. A woman and her two children drowned in Montenegro when their car plunged into a river while crossing a bridge. A 2-year-old boy drowned after falling into a river in southern Serbia.
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In the southern Serbian region of Raska, authorities have declared a state of emergency due to severe flooding and the army has been deployed to help the local population evacuate and provide drinking water and food.
Albania’s longest river overflowed its banks at least 4 inches after torrential rain of up to 14 inches in 12 hours on Sunday, officials said.
At least 7,500 acres of agricultural land were flooded in Shkoder and Leze districts, about 60 miles northwest of Tirana.
Hundreds of army troops were sent to evacuate families after more than 600 homes were flooded.
Mayor Burdh Sepahia said that Shkoder is currently isolated from the rest of the country.
Farmers, who have suffered frequent floods in the post-Communist era, expressed dismay at their losses, including livestock, and asked the government to help.
“We need government help because the flood damage is very, very serious,” said Lena Zefi, 60, in Kok village, less than 6 miles from Shkoder.
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The historic 18th-century lead mosque in Shkoder was also under water – after being damaged by previous floods.
Flooding also affected areas of western Kosovo, causing some damage to buildings and closing schools, but no casualties were reported.